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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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Legal Exegesis With Verbatim, Paraphrastic, or Pseudocitations in Historical Sources

Legal Exegesis With Verbatim, Paraphrastic, or Pseudocitations in Historical Sources

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(p.107) 6 Legal Exegesis With Verbatim, Paraphrastic, or Pseudocitations in Historical Sources
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Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel
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Michael Fishbane (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198266995.003.0007

Focus on the meaning and application of the law in the late historical sources (like the books of Kings, Chronicles, and Nehemiah). A method is developed to isolate verbatim, paraphrastic, and pseudo‐citation in these texts, with attention to explicit technical terms. Exegesis helps apply the law, give its clarity and comprehensive scope, and include or exclude various groups from the ritual community. In various instances, the interpretation reapply or clarify older pentateuchal rules that are ambiguous, incomplete, or contradictory. The cultural force of legal interpretation to define actions, communal involvement, and identity is noted; equally important is the role of exegesis in harmonizing sources.

Keywords:   citation formulary, contradictory rules, exegetical culture, legal terminology, post‐exilic exegesis, precedents, social exclusion, social inclusion

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