Hermeneutics and the Logic of Ritual - 10.1628/hebai-2018-0030 - Mohr Siebeck
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Naphtali S. Meshel

Hermeneutics and the Logic of Ritual

Jahrgang 7 () / Heft 4, S. 466-482 (17)
Publiziert 10.04.2019

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The analysis of the Priestly systems of ritual sacrifice (Σ) and purity (Π) played a distinct role in the development of hermeneutics in ancient Israelite and early Jewish literature. A difference between formal properties of the ritual systems of Σ and Π is shown to be homologous to a difference between the hermeneutics applied to texts on Σ and Π, respectively. The possibility is raised that this homology is the product of a causal relationship between the logic of ritual and the logic of hermeneutics – namely, that the distinctive logic underlying the ritual systems themselves played a role in shaping the hermeneutical tools used for the interpretation of the ritual texts.
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