Scripture's Words, Mishnah's Speech

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:
Scripture's Words, Mishnah's Speech

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This chapter argues that the words of Scripture can be adopted to express directly Mishnaic ideas, or they can be quoted with their message reduplicated by the Mishnaic voice. It is also possible to discern distinct hermeneutic attitudes as giving rise to these two different hermeneutic formats. It points to two hermeneutic attitudes. The first of them appropriates Scriptural wordings for a concern contemporaneous with the reader, and does it on the basis that Scripture qua Torah is directly relevant to the ‘life of Torah’. The second attitude makes the Scripture the subject of attention, and pursues a programme of sustained interpretation across a variety of thematic concerns. An important recurrent format for the presentation of halakhic information in the Mishnah is the case schema, it links two elements: a hypothetical situation or circumstance and the obligation or evaluation of that circumstance.

Keywords: halakhic information; case schema; life of Torah; Scripture qua Torah; Mishnaic voice; hermeneutic attitudes

Chapter.  15462 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies ; Biblical Studies

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