From: Deborah Greenhill (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Oct 20 2000 - 16:04:32 EDT
You missed my point entirely.
Literal interpretation IS important, but so is historical context. To
merely say what a passage means LITERALLY does not give the historical
ramifications for the student. One must supply a historical perspective
with the literal interpretation to get the "full picture".
Josephus discusses the Sanhedrin and its rulings in "Antiquities IX". This
may help the student understand where a literal interpretation of any
passage has led. In this manner, we are not misleading our students as to
the full understanding of the text.
Dr. Deborah J. Greenhill
> The Rabinnic "unpacking" of the phrase may indeed approach the
> meaning, or not. However, the first issue must be (IMO) faithfully
> representing what the text itself actually says. (Yes, I am aware of the
> current discussions regarding the *meaning* of texts). Afterwards, one
> determine what is meant by what was said. Lastly, a decision must be made
> to whether one wishes to stick with the "unpacked" language, or produce a
> translation which explains
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