Quotes and Causes. The Imposition of a Perspective on Scripture

Alexander Samely

in Rabbinic Interpretation of Scripture in the Mishnah

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780198270317
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683978 | DOI:
Quotes and Causes. The Imposition of a Perspective on Scripture

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This chapter aims to provide a classification of the different ways in which the Mishnaic perspective manages the meaning of the words adopted from Scripture. It argues that hermeneutic interaction with the biblical text needs to be read as historical reports on the origin of certain rabbinic ideas. It also distinguishes the following resources: the general thematic orientation of the discussion into which the Sciptural wording is placed; the use of specifically rabbinic or Mishnaic expressions as companion terms in the explication of Scripture, the tacit presupposition of a Mishnaic position, and the use of pairs of Mishnaic concepts for explaining the relationship of two Sciptural passages.

Keywords: Mishnaic perspective; historical reports; Scriptual wording; relationship of Sciptural passages; companion terms

Chapter.  11537 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies ; Biblical Studies

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