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    6. RASHI METHOD: STYLE
    Rashi examines how rules of style influences inferences between general and detail statements in paragraphs.
    • Example: Every solo example stated by the Bible must be broadly generalized;
    • Theme-Detail: A general principle followed by an example is interpreted restrictively---the general theme statement only applies in the case of the example;
    • Theme-Detail-Theme: A Theme-Detail-Theme unit is interpreted as a paragraph. Consequently the details of the paragraph are generalized so that they are seen as illustrative of the theme.
    This examples applies to Rashis Nu22-22c
    URL Reference: (c) http://www.Rashiyomi.com/w34n1.htm
    Brief Summary: We generalize Bilam's behavior: A distinguished person should always take 2 servants on a journey (They talk to each other and leave him alone)

Certain Biblical paragraphs are stated in an example form. In other words an example of a law is stated rather than the full general rule. The reader's task is to generalize the example. The idea that all Biblical laws should be perceived as examples (unless otherwise indicated) is explicitly stated by Rashi (Pesachim 6.). This is a rule of style since the rule requires that a text be perceived as an example rather than interpreted literally. The Rabbi Ishmael style rules govern the interpretation of style.

Verse Nu22-22c discussing how Bilam journeyed states And Godís anger was kindled because he went; and the angel of the Lord stood in the way as an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him. Rashi commenting on the underlined phrases states: We generalize the underlined phrase: Any distinguished person like Bilam should take two servants with him on trips. This way the two servants talk to each other and the distinguished person avoids being involved in lower level conversations.


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