Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel
Annotation First published in hardback in August 1985, Professor Fishbane's book offers the first comprehensive analysis of the phenomenon of textual analysis in ancient Israel. It explores the rich tradition of exegesis prior to the development of biblical interpretation in early classical Judaism andthe earliest Christian communities, and examines four main categories of exegesis: scribal, legal, aggadic, and mantological. In studying this subject, it emerges that the Hebrew Bible is not only the foundation document for the exegetical culture of Judaism and Christianity, but an exegetical workin its own right. Professor Fishbane, who has added new material in appendices to this paperback edition, has been awarded three major prizes for this work: the National Jewish Book Award 1986, the Biblical Archaeological Society 1986 Publication Award, and the Kenneth B. Smilen LiteraryAward.
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aggadah aggadic exegesis ancient Israelite attribute formulary biblical Book of Chronicles Chron citation cited commandments concern context correlation covenant Covenant Code covenantal cultic David Deut deuteronomic divine earlier example exegetical exile Exod exodus Ezek Ezekiel Ezra fact formulation genres halakha Hebrew Bible hermeneutical historical historiographical human indicate inner-biblical exegesis instances interpolation interpretation Isaiah Israel Jeremiah Jerusalem Jewish Josh king latter legal corpora legal exegesis legal traditum legists lemmatic lexical literary mantological means Midrash Moses narrative noted older oracle oracular original parallel particular Pentateuchal phrase post-exilic preceding precise present priestly Priestly Blessing priests prophecy prophet psalm pseudepigraphic Qumran rabbinic reference reflect regarding reinterpretation religious remarkable reuse revelation reworking rhetorical ritual rules Sabbath scribal scribes sources stylistic teachings Temple textual theological Torah tradents tradition traditum transformation typological verb visions words YHWH