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


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Deals with conclusions to this part, taking up such matters as genre and mantic type; and esoteric and exoteric exegesis. The bearing of mantological exegesis on the issue of revelation is considered, along with broad considerations of the topic of traditum and traditio. Such matters as the socio‐historical context of mantological exegesis, as well as the literary context and mental matrix of this phenomenon are all dealt with.


Returns to several topics considered in the opening introduction, such as the nature of an exegetical culture, or ongoing chains of native ancient Israelite tradition, and the emergence of classes and techniques to interpret the received traditions of various types. Some final considerations are added on the following topics: innovative and continuous revelations; pseudonymous and pseudepigraphic exegesis; attributive; pseudo‐attributive, and non‐attributive exegesis; and revealed or inspired exegesis. Final remarks are made about textual and religious authority.

Keywords: chains of tradition; exegesis; pseudepigraphy; revelation; traditio; traditum

Chapter.  9167 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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