Certain Biblical paragraphs are stated in a Theme-Development-Theme form.
In other words a broad general idea is stated first followed by the development
of this broad general theme in specific details. The paragraph-like unit is then
closed with a repetition of the broad theme.
The Theme-Detail-Theme form creates a unified paragraph.
The detailed section of this paragraph is therefore seen as
an extension of the general theme sentences.
Today's example illustrates
this as shown immediately below.
Biblical verses Ex22-08
form a Biblical paragraph with
a theme-detail-theme structure. The paragraph
discusses on which theft disputes is there a fine of double payment.
General: On any dispute of transgression
- On oxen
- On donkeys
- on sheep/goat kids
- on garments
- General: On any loss on which he says "This is it"...it will come to court....if convicted he will pay double
Rashi generalizes the detail clause
oxen, donkeys, kids, and garments
as illustrative of the general clause,
disputes of transgression
This double-fine law applies to all disputes of movables of worth whether living, like oxen, or
non living, like garments. The law does not apply to disputes of real-estate which is dissimilar to
oxen, donkeys, kids and garments, and it similarly does not apply to bonds and IOUs which do not have
intrinsic worth like oxen, donkeys, kids and garments.