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Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel$
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Michael Fishbane

Print publication date: 1988

Print ISBN-13: 9780198266990

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198266995.001.0001

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Introduction. The Scope and Content of Biblical Law as a Factor in the Emergence of Exegesis

Introduction. The Scope and Content of Biblical Law as a Factor in the Emergence of Exegesis

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(p.91) 5 Introduction. The Scope and Content of Biblical Law as a Factor in the Emergence of Exegesis
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Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel
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DOI:10.1093/0198266995.003.0006

Introduction to the unit on legal exegesis begins with a presentation of the scope and content of Biblical law as a factor in the emergence of exegesis. Such factors as verbal, semantic, and syntactic ambiguity of legal formulations; the feature of legal ellipses and gaps in the legal codes; the occurrence of repetitions and contradictions in the various legal corpora; and the phenomenon of ad hoc cases that do not clearly relate to existing rules and practices, are all noted as elements that sponsor interpretation among ongoing inheritors of the legal tradition in ancient Israel. Introductory comments on the various legal genres and types are offered.

Keywords:   case law, codes, corpora, legal ambiguities, legal exegesis, oracular exegesis, updating

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