A Literary and Speech Act Analysis
Acknowledgments his book is the reworking of my PhD dissertation for the South African Theological Seminary. I could not have accomplished this study with- out the support and direction of Dan Lioy as my advisor. He provided me with invaluable guidance, both literarily and theologically. I want to thank Hemchand Gossai and Peter Lang Publishing for including my work in the Studies of Biblical Literature series. I have nothing but gratitude to Heidi Burns who serves as the USA Executive Editor with Peter Lang. From the start, she was an encouragement in the completion of this book. Words fail me in expressing gratitude to my parents, Thurman Francis and Louise Griffith Howell. Your love, guidance, and encouragement made our family a real “Beaver Cleaver” home. Thank you for giving me a love for learn- ing and a spiritual awakening to the Scriptures. Both of you have been demon- strations of divine blessing and gracious living. I have been blessed to have a wonderful brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Cindy Howell, as well as nephews, Jason and Joshua. Your home has been a wonderful place to visit and celebrate Christmas. I miss Beethoven! To my cherished love, Amber Dawn, I thank you for your patience as I la- bored on this venture. Thank you for listening to me talk incessantly over my research and sacrificing time we could have enjoyed together. I could never dream of life without my three children and their brother: Michelle Elizabeth and her husband Kenneth Hancock,...
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