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Scripture in Classical Judaism
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The Hebrew Bible had a fundamental place in classical Judaism (for modern examples, see figs. 136–138) and constituted an important component of its conceptual background: indeed, no Rabbinic document could have been written without knowledge of Scripture. And yet, the rabbis' exegetical interest in Scripture was not comprehensive. Although they absorbed nearly the whole of Scripture, they commented only on selected parts. Thus, large portions of Scripture, including segments of prophecy and the…

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Green, William Scott, “Scripture in Classical Judaism”, in: Encyclopaedia of Judaism. Consulted online on 31 March 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-9029_EJ_COM_0168>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004141001, 20040701

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