Legal Exegesis With Covert Citations in Historical Sources

Michael Fishbane

in Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel

Published in print December 1988 | ISBN: 9780198266990
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600593 | DOI:

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Legal Exegesis With Covert Citations in Historical Sources

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Treats legal exegesis with covert citations in the historical sources. A detailed methodology is developed to show how ambiguous or unclear rules were taken up and revised in the later legal tradition of ancient Israel. In many cases, this involves comparison of the later legal formulations with those in the Pentateuch, with close attention being given to stylistics, nuances, and interpolations. Numerous rules that were reinterpreted with the Hebrew Bible (like the onset of counting of weeks to Pentacost; the scope of the second Passover), were still subject to interpretation in the diverse exegetical traditions of early Judaism.

Keywords: embedded exegesis; interpolations

Chapter.  9199 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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