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Lecture 17_RS 145

Lecture 17_RS 145 - RS 145 Lecture Review Thursday...

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RS 145 Lecture 6/2/2009 Review: Thursday 3:30 [HSSB 1211] Office Hours: Monday 1:20-5:30 Interpretation of Torah: Rabbinic Hermeneutics and the way written and oral torah connect: Oral Torah draws out the written meaning of the texts—Midrash (commentaries on the Torah—interpretation) Interpretation changes when: o 1) Torah as a concrete text: Torah as an exoteric text, then one can use the principles of “legally oriented” (Heloctic?) Midrash to clarify the meanings and applications (the commandments) of the law. (Godic) If one wants to view the non-legal sections of the texts [SCHOOL OF RABBI ISHMALE] Practical school—the Torah speaks in the “language of human beings”—giving primacy to the exoteric text, read text on its own level Not denying the divine status of the Torah as the word of God His principles perceive from a fundamental assumption that the Torah has no errors, there are no superfluous errors, it is a perfect text 13 Principles: Based on logic—Torah can be understood with normal modes of human reasoning and logic Developed for the purpose of Helactic Midrash (dealing with the legal principles) Awareness: 1) Rabbi’s not naive—they see the contradictions in the Torah. 2) The Torah is a perfect unity—any contradictions are only apparent and the
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