Taxonomic and Paradigmatic Extensions. Logical Constants

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:
Taxonomic and Paradigmatic Extensions. Logical Constants

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This chapter argues that the semantics of biblical words serve as the basis for further resources of category extension, in which Mishnaic paradigms play a role. The Mishnah may probe concrete Scriptural expressions for their potential to become extended to a more general class, or to be supplemented by other terms of similar generality in Mishnaic lists. Certain biblical connectors and participles can be treated as if they carried a logical force. The chapter purses another aspect of ANALOGY resources, the generalization of features from one item mentioned in the Scripture to a whole class. It also introduces a second group of resources concerning biblical words, ‘and’, ‘all’, and ‘no’/‘not’ and their Mishnaic interpretation in which ways which recall their function as logical constants in modern formula logic.

Keywords: resources of category extension; biblical connectors; biblical participles; logical constants; logical function; generalization of features

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Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies ; Biblical Studies

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