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Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel
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Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel

Michael Fishbane


The interpretation of authoritative texts is a characteristic feature of the classical religions. In this regard, the Hebrew Bible is a fundamental source for religious exegesis in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This book investigates, in a comprehensive manner, the origins of such Scriptural interpretation within the Hebrew Bible itself. Of crucial importance is the development of a method, in order to isolate and analyse the exegetical features found (explicitly and implicitly) within this text. The terms traditum (or body of tradition) and traditio (or transmission) are introduced, and t ... More

Keywords: canon, commentary, inner‐biblical interpretation, revelation, traditio, tradition, tradition‐history, traditum

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1988 Print ISBN-13: 9780198266990
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198266995.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Fishbane, author
University of Chicago Divinity School
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Part One Scribal Comments and Corrections

Part Two Legal Exegesis

Part Three Aggadic Exegesis

Part Four Mantological Exegesis