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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A broad and comprehensive summary of this part emphasizes the forms of the ancient Israelite legal traditum and the types and content of its exegetical traditio. This phenomenon is placed within the context of ancient Near Eastern legal codes. Also considered are the types of legal reasoning and rationality that may be discerned in the biblical sources, and a careful evaluation of the evidence. These are related to the issue of lawmaking, lawfinding, and the role of exegesis. Modalities of analogical, synthetic, and qualifying exegesis are considered, as well as the different roles that revelation and tradition play in the different types of legal exegesis. Form‐critical analyses are also undertaken, and the whole is correlated to the emergence of ancient Jewish legal exegesis.

Keywords: exegetical culture; form‐criticism; formulary; lawfinding; lawmaking; legal culture; rationality; reason; revelation; traditio; tradition; traditum

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Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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