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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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Legal Exegesis and Explication in the Pentateuchal Legal Corpora

Legal Exegesis and Explication in the Pentateuchal Legal Corpora

(p.163) 8 Legal Exegesis and Explication in the Pentateuchal Legal Corpora
Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel

Michael Fishbane (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Provides a detailed consideration of legal exegesis and explication in the pentateuchal legal corpora. It begins with an exposition of these corpora and the conditions that are condition interpretation. The types of exegesis found in these sources are explications and glosses; legal expansions with introductory formulas indicating analogy or similarity (e.g. ‘like’ or ‘also’); without introductory formulas (but involving interpolations and explications in parallel sources); legal restrictions with introductory formulas (e.g. ‘however’). A broad range of types from the civil and religious law are adduced. Also considered are types of legal comparisons, introduced with formulas (e.g. ‘like the rule’ or ‘just as...so’); as well as comparison of cases without formulas (involving the careful comparison of similar rules). Finally, the exegetical recombination of legal rules is considered. Altogether, a vast exegetical enterprise of revision and analysis is documented.

Keywords:   analogy, comparison, expansions, explication, formulary, legal exegesis, restrictions

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