Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Forms of Rabbinic Literature and ThoughtAn Introduction$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Alexander Samely

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199296736

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296736.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 25 June 2019

Putting the World into Rabbinic Words

Putting the World into Rabbinic Words

(p.141) 8 Putting the World into Rabbinic Words
Forms of Rabbinic Literature and Thought

Alexander Samely (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter suggests that the rabbis' large-scale use of the hypothetical legal case endows this format with a special significance. This is taken to imply that the world provides the space for human action in response to God's commandment. The hypothetical legal case as a mechanism by which (further) discourse on law is generated, and by which fuzzy social practices could be progressively transformed into more sharp-edged verbal norms, are considered. The chapter concludes with a survey of generative-hermeneutic patterns of thought and text composition.

Keywords:   rabbis, hypothetical legal case, law, thought composition, text composition

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .