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Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel$
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Michael Fishbane

Print publication date: 1988

Print ISBN-13: 9780198266990

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198266995.001.0001

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Introduction. Preliminary Considerations

Introduction. Preliminary Considerations

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Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel

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Opens with some preliminary considerations of what is called ‘aggadic exegesis’. This category encompasses that varieties of reinterpretation in the Hebrew Bible that deals with theological, sapiential (or wisdom), and historical topics. It thus treats such matters as the theological or ethical reinterpretation of laws; the reuse of the divine attributes of mercy in various genres of Scripture; or the reconsideration of theological topics like vicarious punishment and human responsibility. Explicit formulary and overall matters of method are considered.

Keywords:   aggadah, aggadic exegesis, traditio, traditum

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