The Garments of Torah: Essays in Biblical Hermeneutics

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NOTES

1. Inner-Biblical Exegesis
1.
For the rabbinic image of God as a scholar of Torah, see b. Berakhot 8b, 63b, and b. Avodah Zarah 3b.
2.
M. Avot I, 1 and parallels, on which now see M. Herr, "Continuum in the Chain of Transmission," Zion 44 (1979), 43-56 (in Hebrew).
3.
The strongest argument for formal and terminological external influence has been made by D. Daube, "Rabbinic Methods of Interpretation and Hellenistic Rhetoric," Hebrew Union College Annual 22 (1949), 239-65, and "Alexandrian Methods of Interpretations and the Rabbis," Fe.st.schrift H. Lewald (Basel: Helbing and Lichtenholm, 1953), 27-44. S. Lieberman, Hellenism in Jewish Palestine (New York: Jewish Theological Seminary, 1962), pp. 56-68, has denied a genetic influ- ence and restricted the borrowing to terminology. We cannot pursue the matter here.
4.
Much of the ensuing discussion draws upon my Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1985), hereinafter BIAI. The interested reader may find there a much fuller range of textual examples and conceptual analyses. I have not at all considered the reinterpretation of prophecies in this essay; for this see BIAI, pt. 4.
5.
See, for example, G. Fohrer, "Tradition und Interpretation in Alten Testa- ment," Zeitschrift für die alttestamentlischer Wissenschaft 73 (1961), 1-30.
6.
This observation was already made by Ibn Ezra.
7.
See also BIAI, pp. 48-49, and n. 15 there.
8.
Already S. D. Luzzatto, Il Propheta Isaia, volgarizzate e commentato (Padua: A. Bianchi, 1855), pp. 337-38.
9.
See H. W. Hertzberg, "Die Nachgeschichte alttestamentlicher Texte in- nerhalb des Alten Testament," in Werden und Wesen des Alten Testaments, ed. P. Volz, F. Stummer, and J. Hempel (BZAW 66; Berlin: Töpelman, 1936), p. 114.
10.
See I. L. Seligmann, The Septuagint Version of Isaiah: A Discussion of Its Problems (Mededeelingen en Verhandeelingen het Vooraziatisch-Egyplisch Genootschap "Ex Oriente Lux," I; Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1948), p. 19.
11.
Cf. BIAI, pp. 89-95.
12.
Ibid., pp. 60-62.
13.
Ibid., pp. 187-97.
14.
For the view that the Hebrew phrase al tis'u means "do not barter," see C. Tchernowitz, Toledot ha-Halakhah (New York, 1945-53), 3:113-17; but see my criticism, BIAI, p. 132 n. 73.
15.
Note the more explicit language in Neh. 13:15-16, which is based on this Jeremian text.
16.
See BIAI, pt. 3.

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