Transmission, Redaction, and Rhetoric

Moshe Simon-Shoshan

in Stories of the Law

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199773732
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933129 | DOI:
Transmission, Redaction, and Rhetoric

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Chapter six lays out some of the basic issues in the study of Mishnaic stories. The first issue to be considered is the nature of their transmission. Two possible methods of transmission are contrasted, the textual and the preformative. In many cases it actualy advantageous to analyze a story twice alternatively assuming both method. The chapter goes on to discuss “representational” and “illustrative” narrative styles, two rhetorical strategies which are often in tension in the Mishnah. Finally the chapter considers role of the narrator and point of view in Mishnaic stories, with a special emphasis on the use of counter-narratives, alternative versions of a story found in other sources, to help clarify the subjective nature of the Mishnaic narrator.

Keywords: textual; preformative; representational; illustrative; counter-narratives; point of view; narrator

Chapter.  14896 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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