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The potential of speech act theory for New Testament exegesis: Some basic concepts

J. E. Botha
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 47, No 2 | a2382 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v47i2.2382 | © 1991 J. E. Botha | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 January 1991 | Published: 09 January 1991

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J. E. Botha, University of South Africa, South Africa

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Abstract

Exegetes and biblical scholars are increasingly utilising the precepts of modern literary and linguistic theories in dealing with the text of the Bible. Speech act theory as well offers New Testament exegesis some additional ways and means of approaching the text of the New Testament. This first in a series of two articles making a plea for the continued utilisation and application of this theory to the text of the New Testament, offers a brief discussion of the basic principles of the theory.

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