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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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Analogical Resources II: Transfer Within and Between Co-texts

Analogical Resources II: Transfer Within and Between Co-texts

(p.194) 8 Analogical Resources II: Transfer Within and Between Co-texts
Rabbinic Interpretation of Scripture in the Mishnah

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This chapter continues the discussion of analogical extensions. The word ‘subject/s’ refers to the manner in which one speaks of the ‘subject’ of a sentence. The manner in which Scripture speaks about the subjects becomes relevant to analogy. Of particular importance are the textual relationships: proximity, recurrence of the same term in different co-texts, and redundancy implied between a subject expressed in specific and general terms. The first section of the chapter deals with hermeneutic analogy whose two subjects are defined by their textual proximity. The second section deals with the hermeneutic analogy between a more specific and more general Scriptural term. The third section looks into another type of analogy of a different kind. The chapter ends with an attempt to express what the relationship between biblical words and analogical subjects must entail in order for the ANALOGY and KEYING resources to be applicable.

Keywords:   subject, gezerah shawah, analogical extensions, hermeneutic analogy, ANALOGY resource, KEYING resource, textual proximity, redundancy, recurrence

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