The climax principle asserts that a sequence of similar phrases
should be interpreted climactically even if the words
and grammatical constructs used do not directly suggest this. That is
the fact of the sequence justifies
reading into the Biblical text
a climactic interpretation
even if no other textual source justifies it. For this reason we consider
the climax method a distinct and separate method.
the famine punishment God will bring on the Jewish people
is written in a climactic manner as shown. For convenience
we have inserted the Rashi comments clarifying the nature of the climax
The very soft woman will look miserly at
the man of her bossom
and her children
[ that are grown up
and her placenta that comes from her legs
[ the young children
and her children she gives birth to
Notice how Rashi's sole contribution is to impose a climactic
interpretation on the text. This climax is justified not by the words
used but by the sequence itself which requires a climactic interpretation.
In other words the sequence 1)children 2) placenta from her legs 3) children that
she gives birth doesn't make sense unless we translate placenta as young
children and her legs as referring to the way little children play inbetween their parent's
legs. The sequence then reads 1) big children 2) young children playing
between her legs 3) newborns and this makes sense.
It emerges that this is
a fundamental example of the format-climax method. For it illustrates very clearly how the climax
principle contradicts and changes the simple meaning of
The interested student
should seriously study it.