The use of the concept 'fear' in Deuteronomy to denote the relationship between God and Israel
This thesis aims to clarify the exclusive use by the Deuteronomic writers of the root hskip 0.75cm to denote the relationship between God and Israel. This problem is raised by the fact that there were other roots - break vskip 0.2cm and hskip 0.6cm - which they could have used. In trying to explain the Deuteronomic use of the root hskip 0.75cm the insights of semantic theory according to which 'meaning' is defined in terms of 'sense-relations' a term contracts with other terms in the vocabulary of a given language have been used. Also used are the insights of field meaning analysis according to which the meaning of a term is defined in terms of its relationship with other terms within its lexical field. In this connection, the 'sense-relations' which the hskip 0.75cm contracts are compared with those which the other roots contract. In this way, the particular usage of the break root nobreak hskip 0.75cm vis-'a-vis the other roots is clarified. The work is, thus, accordingly divided into two parts. The first part deals with the description of the uses of the roots in the lexical field of 'fear' in Deuteronomy (chaps. 2 and 3), and a comparison of these uses (chap. 4). Part two begins with a description of the Deuteronomic context (chap. 5). This is followed in chapter six by a description of the uses of the break root nobreak hskip 0.75cm in Deuteronomy. The conclusion of this thesis is that hskip 0.75cm was appropriately used to denote the relationship between God and Israel because of its usage as a superordinate term in general and abstract terms, and because it is used in family context to denote the relationship of a child to his parents. Linguistics is a useful tool in biblical interpretation.