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Rabbinic interpretation of scripture in the Mishnah

Author: Alexander Samely
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
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"In this book Dr. Samely offers a systematic and detailed description of early rabbinic hermeneutics (midrash) as it can be reconstructed from the Mishnah (third century CE). The argument is based on a survey of all passages of biblical interpretation in this largely legal document. Dr. Samely describes how the discourse of the rabbis appropriates Scripture while taking precise account of its wording. He clarifies  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Samely
ISBN: 0198270313 9780198270317
OCLC Number: 50425215
Description: xi, 481 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Hermeneutic Orientation and Introduction --
2. Creating Scriptural Segments --
3. Quotes and Causes. The Imposition of a Perspective on Scripture --
4. Scripture's Words, Mishnah's Speech --
5. Using Scripture as Hermeneutic Utterance --
6. Biblical Events Illustrating Normative and Descriptive Schemata --
7. Analogical Resources I: The a fortiori Inference --
8. Analogical Resources II: Transfer Within and Between Co-texts --
9. Taxonomic and Paradigmatic Extensions. Logical Constants --
10. Biblical Presupposition and Canonical Meaning. Biblical Contradiction and Biblical Contrast --
11. The Perspectives of Opposition --
12. Projecting Commitment Through Scripture. The Midrashic Unit --
13. Appropriating Redundancy. Clause Relationships --
14. Constructing Words and Word Meaning. Metaphors --
15. Reflection and Outlook --
App. I. The Hermeneutic Configuration of the Mishnah: An Overview of Resources --
App. II. Index of Mishnaic Units of Interpretation and Their Resources --
Sample Entry of the Database of Midrashic Unites in the Mishnah.
Responsibility: Alexander Samely.
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This book offers a catalogue of techniques of biblical interpretation in early rabbinic Judaism. It describes and illustrates how a central document of early talmudic Judaism, the Mishnah, integrates  Read more...


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The book is a very comprehensive tool ... [it] offers an unprecedented systematic approach to rabbinic hermeneutics. The Introduction to the book is a very fine, beautifully written, methodological Read more...

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