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What Makes Exegesis Either Christian Or Jewish?

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This chapter attempts to explore on a broad scale the genres of Jewish and Christian biblical exegesis in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. It also attempts to determine what, if anything, is significant in the differences in the exegesis written by Jewish and Christian exegetes during these periods. The chapter shows how the religious traditions of the respective exegetes determined the direction and themes of the exegetical work they did during these periods. To do such work involves a certain amount of harmonizing generalizations from extrapolated sources. The primary task of the true biblical exegete is to try to makes sense of what appear to be deviations in the text. For the true exegete asserts that, within plausible and acceptable modes of argumentation, there are in fact no deviations in the text.

Keywords: Christian biblical exegesis; Jewish biblical exegesis; middle ages; religious traditions



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