The hermeneutics of medieval Jewish thought : understanding the linguistic codes of Rashi and Nahmanides /
Moshe Pinchas Weisblum ; with a preface by David B. Levy.
Lewiston, N.Y. : Edwin Mellen Press, c2007.
iii, 264 p. ; 24 cm.
0773452885, 9780773452886
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Lewiston, N.Y. : Edwin Mellen Press, c2007.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 251-260) and index.
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This study examines the linguistic codes in Rashi's commentaries on the Pentateuch and Talmud, and Nahmanides' commentary on the Torah to elucidate their goals and concepts. Through analysis of the writing characteristics and methodological foundations of both commentators, it is possible to discern their distinct approaches and attitudes toward a multiplicity of categories.
Table of Contents
Purpose of the Researchp. 1
Introduction to the Linguistic Codes in the Commentaries of Rashi and Nahmanides: An Elucidation of Their Goals and Concepts, and an Exploration of Their Historical Contextsp. 23
General Analysis of Key Terminology in Rashi and Nahmanides: Their Historical Context and the History of Researchp. 27
Peshat (Literal Meaning) and Derash (Homiletic Interpretation)p. 27
Characteristics of Rashi's and Nahmanides' Writingsp. 27
Methodological Foundations in the Language of Rashi's Commentaryp. 36
Jewish Thought and Philosophy in Rashi's Writingsp. 42
The Attitude of Spanish Scholars, Particularly Nahmanides, to Rashi's Commentaryp. 45
Rashi and Nahmanides: Distinct Approaches and Attitudesp. 52
Rashi's Use of the Term Kelomarp. 75
Methodological Purposes of Kelomarp. 82
An Explanation with Reference to Vowelizationp. 82
An Elucidation Relating to Roots of Wordsp. 84
A Tool to Find Parallels between Sourcesp. 86
A Means to Differentiate between the Verb and the Actionp. 88
A Means to Understand the Difficulty that Results from Concise Languagep. 88
A Means to Clarify Allegoryp. 91
Means to Compare Parts of the Allegory to the Moralp. 92
A Means to Transfer the Explanation into Symbol and Metaphorp. 94
A Means of Expressing World Outlookp. 96
Nahmanides' Kabbalah: Al Derech Ha-Emet and other Hidden Kabbalistic Ideasp. 99
Peshat and Sod (Esoteric Concepts)p. 99
Nahmanides' Introduction to the Pentateuchp. 101
Basic Concepts of Jewish Philosophy in Nahmanides' Commentaryp. 116
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