Halakhic Praxis and the Word of God: A study of two models

Halakhic Praxis and the Word of God: A study of two models J. Jewish Thought & Philosophy, Vol. 1, pp. 305-329 © 1992 Reprints available directly from the publisher Photocopying permitted by licence only Halakhic Praxis and the Word of God: A study of two models Avi Sagi Department of Philosophy, University of Bar-Ilan, Ramat Can, Israel A. Introduction The interpretation of Scripture has played a major role in the development of hermeneutics. Several basic questions emerge in the course of the interpretation process: What is the relation be- tween the word of God, as formulated in canonized texts, and human interpretive activity? Does interpretation disclose the orig- inal meaning of the text, the divine intention, or is interpretation a process through which man determines and shapes the signifi- cance of the text? If interpretation is humanly determined, how are we to understand the act through which man decides on the meaning of revelation? In this paper, I will focus on the ways in which Jewish tradition has grappled with these questions. It must be stressed that the relation between revelation and human interpretation creates a particularly acute problem in Jewish tradition which, as it has crystallized in Halakha, is mainly grounded in human interpre- tation. Most halakhic norms are http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy Brill

Halakhic Praxis and the Word of God: A study of two models

The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Volume 1 (2): 305 – Jan 1, 1992

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J. Jewish Thought & Philosophy, Vol. 1, pp. 305-329 © 1992 Reprints available directly from the publisher Photocopying permitted by licence only Halakhic Praxis and the Word of God: A study of two models Avi Sagi Department of Philosophy, University of Bar-Ilan, Ramat Can, Israel A. Introduction The interpretation of Scripture has played a major role in the development of hermeneutics. Several basic questions emerge in the course of the interpretation process: What is the relation be- tween the word of God, as formulated in canonized texts, and human interpretive activity? Does interpretation disclose the orig- inal meaning of the text, the divine intention, or is interpretation a process through which man determines and shapes the signifi- cance of the text? If interpretation is humanly determined, how are we to understand the act through which man decides on the meaning of revelation? In this paper, I will focus on the ways in which Jewish tradition has grappled with these questions. It must be stressed that the relation between revelation and human interpretation creates a particularly acute problem in Jewish tradition which, as it has crystallized in Halakha, is mainly grounded in human interpre- tation. Most halakhic norms are

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