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Introduction. The Scope and Content of Biblical Law as a Factor in the Emergence of Exegesis

Michael Fishbane

in Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel

Published in print December 1988 | ISBN: 9780198266990
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600593 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198266995.003.0006

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Introduction. The Scope and Content of Biblical Law as a Factor in the Emergence of Exegesis

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Introduction to the unit on legal exegesis begins with a presentation of the scope and content of Biblical law as a factor in the emergence of exegesis. Such factors as verbal, semantic, and syntactic ambiguity of legal formulations; the feature of legal ellipses and gaps in the legal codes; the occurrence of repetitions and contradictions in the various legal corpora; and the phenomenon of ad hoc cases that do not clearly relate to existing rules and practices, are all noted as elements that sponsor interpretation among ongoing inheritors of the legal tradition in ancient Israel. Introductory comments on the various legal genres and types are offered.

Keywords: case law; codes; corpora; legal ambiguities; legal exegesis; oracular exegesis; updating

Chapter.  8240 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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