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Studying the Torah : A Guide to In-Depth Interpretation - Avigdor Bonchek

Studying the Torah

A Guide to In-Depth Interpretation

Paperback Published: 28th April 1997
ISBN: 9780765799647
Number Of Pages: 202

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The traditional Jew has always accepted the study of Torah as central to his or her way of life. But without the ability to effectively analyze and interpret the text, one misses the opportunity to gain a deep and authentic appreciation of the Torah's beauty and profundity. In Studying the Torah: A Guide to In-Depth Interpretation, Avigdor Bonchek equips the reader with the proper analytic methods to make reading the Bible both a serious pursuit and a pleasurable pastime. In order for the reader of the Torah text to delve into its veiled, but ultimately visible, layered messages, he or she must first learn the appropriate interpretive techniques. These skills are the same as those used by the classic Jewish Torah commentators (Rashi, Ramban, Ibn Ezra, and others), all of whom were experts in what scholars today refer to as a "close reading" of the text. Among the "Keys to Interpretation" discussed in this book are the significance of word order, opening sentences, repetitions, word associations, psychological dimensions, and similarities and differences between texts. Each key is illustrated by several examples that offer fresh insight into otherwise familiar text, and the author offers his own original and comprehensive in-depth interpretation of two central biblical stories: the story of Joseph and the ten plagues.

The Rest Is Interpretationp. 1
Reading the Torah-Text for Deeper Understandingp. 21
Key 1 - Opening Sentencesp. 37
Key 2 - The Contiguity Principlep. 49
Key 3 - Similarities between Different Textsp. 59
Key 4 - Differences between Similar Textsp. 71
Key 5 - Repetitions and Redundanciesp. 83
Key 6 - Word Orderp. 95
Key 7 - The Psychological Dimensionp. 105
Key 8 - The Seven Codep. 117
An Exercise in In-Depth Interpretation: The Ten Plaguesp. 133
The Joseph Story: Textual Discontinuity, Thematic Continuityp. 147
The Messianic Personality - Reverberations through the Scripturesp. 161
One Last Keyp. 169
A Final Wordp. 173
Indexp. 175
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ISBN: 9780765799647
ISBN-10: 0765799642
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 202
Published: 28th April 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.88 x 13.74  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.24