The Format rule governs all forms that convey meaning.
An important part of the format rule are the forms governing
unspecificed emphasis. Unspecified emphasis, is indicated in English,
by bold, italics and underline; it is indicated in Hebrew by word repetition.
Today we deal with forms indicating fortiori arguments. Some examples are:
- Gn44-08 which states Behold the money we found in our sacks we returned...
so how could we [be suspected] of stealing....
- Ex06-12 which states ...Behold I am a stutterer...so how can I
be a spokesman to the Jews
- Nu12-14 which states ...If her father had spit in her face would she not
be embarassed 7 days [therefore] let her be shut up 7 days outside the camp and then
let her come back.
- 2C32-11: 12 Was it not Chizkiyahu who removed all the private altars
[therefore] he smooth-talks you [when he says] God will say you from the
In the preceding list we have given two forms indicating the fortiori argument.
The forms are indicated by the underlined words: Behold...so how and was it not.
Rashi cites the Midrash Rabbah which states This, Gn44-08, is one of the 10
fortioris mentioned in the Bible. But it is easy to find alot more than 10 fortioris
in the Bible. I would therefore interpret this Midrash Rabbah to mean
This, Gn44-08, with the behold-so how form, is one of the 10
fortiori forms mentioned in the Bible. In other words the Midrash Rabbah is not
claiming there are 10 fortioris in the Bible but rather they are claiming there are
10 forms indicating fortiori in the Bible. We will not list these 10 forms now but
as we go through the Biblical cycle we will have a chance to add more. We have indicated
two forms in the above list.
In the above list we have reverseed the verse sequence in the citation from
2C32-11:12. The reversal simply makes the exposition smoother.