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Rabbinic Interpretation of Scripture in the Mishnah$
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Alexander Samely

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198270317

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270317.001.0001

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Using Scripture as Hermeneutic Utterance

Using Scripture as Hermeneutic Utterance

(p.110) 5 Using Scripture as Hermeneutic Utterance
Rabbinic Interpretation of Scripture in the Mishnah

Alexander Samely (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter holds that when whole Mishnaic utterances are performed using the words of Scripture, their striking interpretation is implicit in the manner they engage with a unique set of circumstances. The expressive use of biblical wording is compatible with signalling the biblical origin of the wording while employing it. The basic mechanism common in all varieties of expressive use is the identification of unique events or individuals as referents of a general biblical wording. A special variation of biblical occurrence is that the evaluating verse is quoted alongside a separate quotation of the biblical verse reporting the unique occurrence. The second quotation then invites metalinguistic scrutiny which is additional to the indirect determination of meaning resulting from the basic movement of application.

Keywords:   expressive use, biblical occurrence, referents, biblical wording, application, metalinguistic scrutiny

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