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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 Covert Citations in Historical Sources

Legal Exegesis With Covert Citations in Historical Sources

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(p.144) 7 Legal Exegesis With Covert Citations 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:10.1093/0198266995.003.0008

Treats legal exegesis with covert citations in the historical sources. A detailed methodology is developed to show how ambiguous or unclear rules were taken up and revised in the later legal tradition of ancient Israel. In many cases, this involves comparison of the later legal formulations with those in the Pentateuch, with close attention being given to stylistics, nuances, and interpolations. Numerous rules that were reinterpreted with the Hebrew Bible (like the onset of counting of weeks to Pentacost; the scope of the second Passover), were still subject to interpretation in the diverse exegetical traditions of early Judaism.

Keywords:   embedded exegesis, interpolations

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