Legal Exegesis and Explication in the Pentateuchal Legal Corpora

Michael Fishbane

in Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel

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

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Legal Exegesis and Explication in the Pentateuchal Legal Corpora

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Provides a detailed consideration of legal exegesis and explication in the pentateuchal legal corpora. It begins with an exposition of these corpora and the conditions that are condition interpretation. The types of exegesis found in these sources are explications and glosses; legal expansions with introductory formulas indicating analogy or similarity (e.g. ‘like’ or ‘also’); without introductory formulas (but involving interpolations and explications in parallel sources); legal restrictions with introductory formulas (e.g. ‘however’). A broad range of types from the civil and religious law are adduced. Also considered are types of legal comparisons, introduced with formulas (e.g. ‘like the rule’ or ‘just’); as well as comparison of cases without formulas (involving the careful comparison of similar rules). Finally, the exegetical recombination of legal rules is considered. Altogether, a vast exegetical enterprise of revision and analysis is documented.

Keywords: analogy; comparison; expansions; explication; formulary; legal exegesis; restrictions

Chapter.  33987 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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