The Perspectives of Opposition

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:
The Perspectives of Opposition

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This chapter is concerned with the way in which Mishnah creates a perspective for the biblical text by determining the axis of selection belonging to biblical syntagmas. The Mishnah may take other words to be deliberately excluded in stressing a certain biblical word. The item identified as excluded as well as the biblical item may be a member of a list known from other places in the Mishnaic discourse. Much more frequent than the inclusion of the other items in a paradigm determined by the Mishnah is the assumption that the biblical word-choice stands in opposition with them. The chapter discusses that the most important function of paradigms in the Mishnah is to generate groups of halakhic case schemata which are distinguished against each other by their conditional sentences or protases. It also investigates the resources connected with such contrastive paradigms.

Keywords: axis selection; biblical syntagmas; deliberate exclusion; inclusion; halakhic case schemata; contrastive paradigms; conditional sentences; protases

Chapter.  13354 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies ; Biblical Studies

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