Constructing Words and Word Meaning. Metaphors

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:
Constructing Words and Word Meaning. Metaphors

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This chapter deals with the resources regarding the Mishnaic allocation of meaning to words in the biblical text. The Mishnah often suggests that a biblical word has a meaning nuance that calls for an adjustment of the meaning of the whole sentence in which it occurs. It may link the words with another form of similar but not identical appearance. It may also discover the special meaning in biblical metaphors. These are the main hermeneutic phenomena discussed in the three sections of the chapter. In the field of word meaning, the concrete results of modern biblical scholarship stand in direct rivalry to Mishnaic hermeneutics; but they also provide a direct background to it.

Keywords: homonymic meaning; literal meaning; metaphorical meaning; biblical metaphor; biblical scholarship; meaning adjustment

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Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies ; Biblical Studies

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