Peshat and Derash

Peshat and Derash : Plain and Applied Meaning in Rabbinic Exegesis

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In this paperback reprint (which includes a new Afterword, responding to critics), noted Rabbinic scholar David Weiss Halivni offers a new explanation for the willingness of the early Sages to attribute to scripture meanings nowhere suggested in the text itself. He posits a sharp discontinuity between what the sages considered a valid meaning and our own modern understanding of textual meaning. He argues that the original meaning of the very work "peshat" was actually "context" rather than "literal" meaning, thus explaining the Rabbis' expressions of respect for peshat in the face of their evident unconcern for literal meaning in the text.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 137.16 x 210.82 x 17.78mm | 340.19g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0195115716
  • 9780195115710
  • 585,306

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Reviews from the hardback: Weiss Halivni's latest volume is ... particularly timely ... Weiss Halivni has given us a valuable tool for the understanding of rabbinic hermeneutics, and one which will interest all students of legal texts, literary hermeneutics, and scriptural method. * SOAS Bulletin *show more

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