|dc.description.abstract||Linguistics, the study of how language works, is a field of study closely related to biblical
scholarship and exegesis. Advances in linguistics have benefited WELS pastors and their
exegesis, but in a largely indirect way. For the most part, engaging directly with modern
linguistic study is reserved for those who are perceived as language specialists. This essay seeks
to demonstrate that linguistics is a beneficial field of intentional study for exegetes of any level.
After a brief introduction of linguistics in general, the essay demonstrates the value of linguistics
by way of a complete semantic treatment of the Hebrew word נחם , resulting in a dictionary
definition that was submitted to the work-in-progress Semantic Dictionary of Biblical Hebrew.||en_US