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Bibil Identifier bibil:238122
Publication Type Journal article
Title (French, Long) Mountains Hanging by a Strand?
Title (French, Long) Re-Reading Mishnah Ḥagigah 1:8
Author Bar-Asher Siegal, Michal
Journal Journal of Ancient Judaism (Volume: 4, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 253-256 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Mishnah Ḥagigah 1:8 provides three categories for conceptualizing the relationship between various rabbinic laws and Scripture: (1) laws flying in the air with nothing to lean on; (2) laws akin to “mountains hanging by a strand, since they are little Scripture and many laws,” and (3) laws having “upon what to lean, and it is they that are the bodies of the Torah.” This article examines this self-reflection as to the nature of the rabbinic halakhic system and offers a new understanding of its content, focusing mostly on a philological examination of the enigmatic metaphor of “mountains hanging by a strand.”
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Literature : Mishna : Mo'ed : Hagigah
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Scripture
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