"Margaret Sim shows how one of the leading theories of pragmatics – Relevance Theory – provides a comprehensive and enlightening account of how we communicate, and applies this rigorously to the New Testament. Her exposition shows how focusing on the communicative functions of words sheds light on many exegetical controversies involving issues such as how to identify irony, the flexibility of connectives, and the various uses of conditional sentences. The book is written in a clear and jargon-free manner that will make it accessible to advanced students of biblical studies and established biblical scholars with little or no prior exposure to linguistics and pragmatics."
Steve Nicolle, Assistant Professor, Canada Institute of Linguistics, Trinity Western University, Canada
"In contrast to many linguistics text books that are obscure and hard to follow, Margaret Sim makes excellent use of her many years of experience of both linguistics and teaching to provide a beautifully clear and helpful introduction to relevance theory and the ways in which it can be of considerable value for understanding the Bible."
Peter Oakes, Greenwood Senior Lecturer in the New Testament, University of Manchester
"Arguably, contemporary linguistics has more to offer New Testament interpretation than any other 'new' methodology. In this excellently written and accessible book, Margaret Sim shows how insights from relevance theory, a fresh and fast-growing area of linguistics, can illuminate New Testament texts and enhance our understanding of them. I highly recommend it to serious students of the New Testament."
Edward Adams, Professor of New Testament Studies, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King's College London