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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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Hermeneutic Orientation and Introduction

Hermeneutic Orientation and Introduction

1 Hermeneutic Orientation and Introduction
Rabbinic Interpretation of Scripture in the Mishnah

Alexander Samely (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the hermeneutic situation, the resources of interpretation, the rabbinic hermeneutic rules, trends in the study of rabbinic hermeneutics, and the Mishnaic setting of the hermeneutic data. The systematic description of the explicit hermeneutics of early rabbinic Judaism has various characteristics, which are given in this chapter. It breaks down unified but internally complex operations into individual components. It provides explicit definitions for these individual components as hermeneutic procedures. It furnishes a catalogue of definitions based on the totality of the evidence of the rabbinic work under discussion. The last section of the chapter gives an outline of the topics presented in the chapters that follow.

Keywords:   hermeneutic situation, resources of interpretation, hermeneutic rules, Mishnaic setting, rabbinic hermeneutics

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