Sight and insight in Genesis: A semantic study

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Sight and Insight shows how prominent are terms from the semantic field of sight in the book of Genesis. They are constantly found in openings, at turning points, and as constituents in place-names and personal names. Because of their presence at strategic points in the plot of Genesis, words of sight enhance cohesion among the narratives of the book. From the beginning of time, according to Genesis, there have been numerous instances of seeing on the part of both God and humans. But as Genesis progresses, God gradually becomes more hidden and his seeing gives place to human perception. These observations are built upon a sound theoretical foundation, outlined in the opening chapter, which provides a clear definition of the concept of 'semantic field' and an explanation of related semantic terms such as 'frames' and 'prototypes'. Subsequent chapters identify the words that can be assigned to the 'sight' field, examine the deployment of the sight field in individual narratives in Genesis, and study the sight field over larger sections of the book. This is the sixth volume of the Amsterdam Studies in the Bible and Religion (ed. Athalya Brenner), a sub-series of the Bible in the Modern World and Hebrew Bible Monographs.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSheffield
PublisherSheffield Phoenix Press
Number of pages206
ISBN (Print)1907534946, 9781907534942
StatePublished - 2013

Publication series

NameHebrew Bible monographs
PublisherSheffield Phoenix Press


  • Genesis

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Bible -- Genesis -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • Vision -- Religious aspects -- Judaism


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