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    7. RASHI METHOD: FORMATTING
    BRIEF EXPLANATION:Inferences from Biblical formatting: --bold,italics, and paragraph structure.
    • Use of repetition to indicate formatting effects: bold,italics,...;
    • use of repeated keywords to indicate a bullet effect;
    • rules governing use and interpretation of climactic sequence;
    • rules governing paragraph development and discourse
    This examples applies to Rashis Dt18-03a
    URL Reference: (c) http://www.Rashiyomi.com/w34n9.htm
    Brief Summary: If someone FROM nation FROM offerers, offers a sacrifice, give gifts to priest. RASHI: FROM nation not FROM priest.

We have explained in our article Biblical Formatting located on the world wide web at http://www.Rashiyomi.com/biblicalformatting.pdf, that the Biblical Author indicated bullets by using repeating keywords.

That is, if a modern author wanted to get a point across using bullets - a list of similar but contrastive items - then the Biblical Author would use repeating keywords. Today's verse illustrates this principle.

    Verse Dt18-03c discussing the requirement to give priestly gifts when offering a sacrifice states And this shall be the priestís due
    • from the people,
    • from those who offer a sacrifice,
    whether it is ox or sheep; and they shall give to the priest the shoulder, and the two cheeks, and the stomach.
    Rashi commenting on the repeated underlined words, from, which creates a bullet effect giving separate and distinct emphasis to each bullet itemsstates Priestly gifts must come from an offerer who is also from the people - that is from a lay person but not a priest. So a lay person offering a sacrifice does give priestly gifts while a priest offering a sacrifice does not give priestly gifts. The driving force for this derivation comes from the two bullets which emphasize that the person, in order to be required to give the gifts, must both offer sacrifices and be from the people (that is the lay people).


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