Developments in the Syntax and Logic of the Talmudic Hermeneutic Kelal Uferaṭ Ukela
What is it about?
The article traces the changes that took place in the form and logic of a talmudic hermeneutic that used a biblical verse beginning with a general clause, followed by a list of particulars, followed by another general clause. This hermenutic was used to produce rabbinic laws based on the common characteristics of all the particulars "sandwiched" between the general clauses.
Why is it important?
The article shows that rabbinic methods of interpreting the Torah for the purpose of legislation was not static. It proves that the formal rules governing the formation of this type of interpretation became more expansive as time progressed in order to give the impression that more and more rabbinic laws were rooted in the Torah. It also indicates that the Talmud is a multi-strata work and that each stratum preserves its own forms of interpretational logic.
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