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Rabbinic Interpretation of Scripture in the Mishnah
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Rabbinic Interpretation of Scripture in the Mishnah

Alexander Samely


This book offers a description of early rabbinic hermeneutics (midrash) as it can be reconstructed from the Mishnah (3rd century CE). The argument is based on a survey of all passages of biblical interpretation in this largely legal document. The book describes how the discourse of the rabbis appropriates Scripture while taking precise account of its wording. It 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 hermeneut ... More

Keywords: early rabbinic hermeneutics, midrash, Mishnah, biblical interpretation, rabbis, Scripture, modern linguistics, philosophy of language, modern historical reading, techniques of interpretation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780198270317
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270317.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Samely, author
Manchester University
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