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Rabbinic Interpretation of Scripture in the Mishnah
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Rabbinic Interpretation of Scripture in the Mishnah (Hardback)

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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 the conditions of a modern appreciation of

rabbinic hermeneutics and provides a unified set of concepts for its precise description, based on modern linguistics and philosophy of language. Basic features of rabbinic hermeneutics and its difference from modern historical reading are explained, and a catalogue of recurrent techniques of interpretation is

defined. This catalogue lays new foundations for the analysis of rabbinic documents and the comparison with other hermeneutic traditions. Each technique is explained and illustrated with translations from the Mishnah. The book provides a manual of all techniques in systematic order and a comprehensive list of Mishnaic passages of interpretation together with their hermeneutic techniques.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsReligious groups: social & cultural aspectsJewish studiesReligion & BeliefsChristianityReligion & BeliefsJudaismReligion & BeliefsOther Religions, Cults and alternatives to religionSacred texts Publisher: Oxford University Press Publication Date: 10/01/2002 ISBN-13: 9780198270317  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Alexander Samely is Senior Lecturer in Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Manchester University.

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