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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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Creating Scriptural Segments

Creating Scriptural Segments

(p.31) 2 Creating Scriptural Segments
Rabbinic Interpretation of Scripture in the Mishnah

Alexander Samely (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter discusses the creation of scriptural segments. It holds that license to cut Scripture into segments and separate them from their biblical context is fundamental in this study. Mishnaic interpretations do not target the whole of Scripture, or even just one of its larger parts, but rather segments approximately of sentence length. The hermeneutic license to cut the text into small units which can be interpreted independently creates a wide hermeneutic choice. The chapter considers that neutralizing the co-text releases the maximum range of meaning of the text. It also examines parallels for the ways in which biblical segments, in their Mishnaic treatment, convey meaning using the proverb, the langue, and the technical language.

Keywords:   Scripture, scriptural segments, neutralizing the co-text, proverb, langue, technical language, Mishnaic interpretation

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