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By Michael Fishbane

First released in hardback in August 1985, Professor Fishbane's ebook deals the 1st accomplished research of the phenomenon of textual research in historical Israel. It explores the wealthy culture of exegesis ahead of the improvement of biblical interpretation in early classical Judaism and the earliest Christian groups, and examines 4 major different types of exegesis: scribal, felony, aggadic, and mantological. In learning this topic, it emerges that the Hebrew Bible is not just the root rfile for the exegetical tradition of Judaism and Christianity, yet an exegetical paintings in its personal correct. Professor Fishbane, who has further new fabric in appendices to this paperback variation, has been presented 3 significant prizes for this paintings: the nationwide Jewish e-book Award 1986, the Biblical Archaeological Society 1986 e-book Award, and the Kenneth B. Smilen Literary Award.

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The results of these theoretical evaluations are then reconceptualized as hypotheses and proved valid particularly in the degree to which they generate the perception of instances of exegesis, and so their analysis. The two steps just indicated (hypothesis and verification) are not always formulated as such in the following pages, but they everywhere contribute to the investigative reasoning at work. Study of the traces of aggadic and mantological exegesis will proceed from a comparable perspective but in ways appropriate to each.

16 INTRODUCTION Unfortunately, much of this important information is lacking. Only rarely are we permitted to analyse or precisely to place exegetical ‘facts’ into the life-setting appropriate to them. Exemplary in this regard are the social and political rivalries recorded in the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah, which permit us to move analytically upwards from them to the exegetical contestations involved; also unique are the longings for the renewal of purification of the Temple detailed in post-exilic sources, which provide a fairly controlled context within which the renewal of older—and sometimes lapsed—prophecies also recorded in these texts may be explained.

What remains are the details, and it is to these that we now turn. 40 The strongest argument for formal and terminological influence has been made by D. Daube, ‘Rabbinic Methods of Interpretation and Hellenistic Rhetoric’, HUCA 22 (1949), 239–65, and ‘Alexandrian Methods of Interpretation and the Rabbis’, Festschrift H. Lewald (Basel: Helbing and Lichtenholm, 1953), 27–44. S. Lieberman, Hellenism in Jewish Palestine2 (New York: Jewish Theological Seminary, 1962), 56–68, has backed away from a genetic influence and restricted the borrowing to terminology.

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