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Rabbinic Rules Of Interpretation

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Rabbinic tradition holds that biblical interpretation was pursued by following seven rules promulgated by Hillel the Elder. That attribution is considered suspect; according to Sipre Deut. even Moses is said to have taught several of these rules. The Middoth find their natural center and purpose within Rabbinic Judaism. The logical operations which they relate alone certainly could not have produced the varieties of midrash which are extant, nor would they have resulted in the coherent focus on the single Torah which is characteristic of Rabbinic Judaism.

Keywords: appendix; Rabbinic Judaism



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