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Biblical Presupposition and Canonical Meaning. Biblical Contradiction and Biblical Contrast

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270317.003.0010
Biblical Presupposition and Canonical Meaning. Biblical Contradiction and Biblical Contrast

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This chapter holds that the meaning of a biblical segment can be determined in the light of its difference, contrast, or potential conflict with another segment and its existential presuppositions may be noted. The Mishnah may address explicitly information which is merely presupposed in biblical formulations. These presuppositions may be turned into conditions for the application of a norm. The Mishnah may also address biblical expressions on the level of their semantic ‘normality’, deriving from them a ‘suitability’ restriction in the scope of norms. The Mishnah may address the meaning of Scripture guided by an underlying search for coherence, and avoids inconsistency. The most frequent solution is the distributive allocation of topics, meaning, or reference to two biblical segments.

Keywords: distributive allocation; biblical segment; suitability restriction; semantic normality; search for coherence

Chapter.  13044 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies ; Biblical Studies

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