Lecture 18_RS 145

Lecture 18_RS 145 - RS 145 Lecture June 4 2009 The Three...

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RS 145 Lecture June 4, 2009 The Three Points of Divergence: 1) Oral v. written channels of language 2) Auditory v. visual modes of perception 3) Phonic (sound) of cognitive (meaning) dimensions of word Modes of Practice: 1) Modes of transmission 2) Modes of study 3) Modes of Appropriation Kabbalistic Hermeneutics: 4 levels of meaning Peshat Derashah Remiz Sod Kabbalistic modes of interpretation of the Torah [Chapter 6—Veda and Torah]: Different interpretations determined on what Torah is believed to be Approach of the Kabbalists—the ZOHAR The ZOHAR’s approach: o Starting point is reflection that the Torah is the cryptogram “coded text” it must be deciphered or decoded to understand the meaning of the text—believes it is a blueprint with hidden mysteries o ZOHAR says there are: manifest obvious meanings of the Torah and the Hidden Manifest obvious meanings just for the “general population”
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The Kabbalists focus on the hidden meanings and not the exoteric—multiple meanings for every word of Torah Not all meanings can be evaluated at the same level—Have to be evaluated on the
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