Literal Meaning and Rabbinic Hermeneutics: A Response to Claudio Luzzati and Jan Broekman

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This response to the articles of Luzzati and Broekman (in this issue) addresses principally the character of early rabbinic legal interpretation, as viewed by the Rabbis themselves. It considers, with examples, their concept of "simple meaning'' (peshat), its place within their overall hermeneutic system and its theological presuppositions. The second section responds more briefly to thetheoretical critiques of Luzzati and Broekman, stressing that (my version of) semiotics is descriptive rather than normative; resists the reduction of textual meaning to interpretation; and refuses to equate decision-making with justification.
Keywords Literal Meaning  Rabbinic Hermeneutics  peshat  Jan Broekman  Claudio Luzzati
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DOI 10.1023/A:1011297408750
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