Rabbinic Interpretation as a “Necessity”

Naomi Grunhaus

in The Challenge of Received Tradition

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199858408
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979899 | DOI:
Rabbinic Interpretation as a “Necessity”

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After comparing Radak with his important predecessors in their use of rabbinic interpretations, this chapter explores comments where rabbinic interpretation is indispensable to his exegetical program, because he apparently abandons the search for a peshat explanation of a verse. It notes also that in the area of halakhah (rabbinic law) Radak specifically demonstrates his penchant for rabbinic teachings. Characteristically, Radak seems to presume that biblical figures acted according to the halakhic (legal) norms that would be explicated by the rabbis only later. The chapter also explores statements concerning the supremacy of rabbinic interpretation in scribally-marked texts and in the final chapters in Ezekiel. Radak's use of the approaches analyzed in this chapter signals his move away from strict peshat commentary and indicates a measure of reliance on rabbinic interpretation.

Keywords: peshat; rabbinic interpretation; indispensable; halakhah; rabbinic law; scribally-marked texts; Ezekiel

Chapter.  6996 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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