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In Quest of Truth: Yefet’s Hermeneutic Concepts

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In this chapter, the introductions to the commentaries on the Five Books of Moses by Yefet serve as a point of departure for reconstructing the exegete's self-conception as a commentator of Scripture, in terms of how he perceived his role as an interpreter of the Bible, the goals or tasks he set for himself, and the methodology he used in his exegetical undertaking. The role of the exegete, consists of discovering, or at least approximating, this truth by means of a rational, limited-literal, linguistic-contextual analysis of Scripture based on sound philology and in conformity with the rules of logic. According, Yefet assigns Bible exegetes four provisional goals or tasks: (1) the study and transmission of previous as well as contemporary exegetical achievements; (2) a critical assessment and selection of the best interpretations; (3) the formulation of one's own opinion; and (4) the composition of a commentary that fulfills pedagogical functions.

Keywords:critical approach; rational inquiry; Yefet; Yefet's exegetical approach



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