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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 example applies to Rashis Lv07-31a
      URL Reference: (c) http://www.Rashiyomi.com/rule1213.htm
      Brief Summary: The BREAST and SHOULDER are gifts to the priest PROVIDED the peace offering was actually offered.

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 indicates bold, italics, underline by using repetition. In other words if a modern author wanted to emphasize a word they would either underline, bold or italicize it. However when the Biblical author wishes to emphasize a word He repeats it. The effect - whether thru repetition or using underline - is the same. It is only the means of conveying this emphasis that is different.

    Verses Lv07-31:34 discussing the gifts to the priest in the peace offering states
  • And the priest shall burn the fat upon the altar; but the breast shall be Aaronís and his sonsí.
  • And the right shoulder shall you give to the priest for an offering of the sacrifices of your peace offerings. He, among the sons of Aaron, who offers the blood of the peace offerings, and the fat, shall have the right shoulder for his part. #####

    Notice the repeated underlined connections: offering - shoulder/breast in all three verses. Hence the Rashi comment: The successful offering of the sacrifice was a prerequisite for the shoulder/breast gifts. In other words we read the repeated verses as emphasing a required order:
  • (1st) Priest shall burn the fat upon altar; (2st) breast given to priests
  • (1st) He who offers blood of peace offerings; (2st) he shall the shoulder
  • (1st) From the peace offerings, (2st) Give the breast and shoulder to the priests.

Advanced Rashi: The repeated verses contain alot of other information which Rashi comments on. My main point here is that Rashi is not simply looking at a single verse - the priest burns the fat on the altar and the breast shall be given to the priests.. - and deriving a requirement of sequence: (1) sacrifices, (2) breast gift. Rather Rashi is commenting on the repeated emphasis in three verses all of which sequence gifts after the performing of the sacrifice. When indicating the comment Rashi simply suffices with mentioning it on one verse and expecting the student / reader to follow up on finding further support.


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