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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 Gn12-02d
    URL Reference: (c) http://www.Rashiyomi.com/w33n5.htm
    Brief Summary: God told Abraham: a) Leave your country b) Leave your birthplace c) Leave your father's household

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 Gn12-01 discussing the order of God to Abraham to leave home states And the Lord had said to Abram, Get out
  • from your country, and
  • from your family, and
  • from your fatherís house, to a land that I will show you;

    Rashi comments on the bulleted structure indicated by the repeating keyword from. God made a three-fold request of leaving to Abraham.
    • He had to leave his father's influence. For example he couldn't e.g. get a job because he was his father's sons. All influence of his father on him had to be removed.
    • He had to leave the city of his birthplace. For example he couldn't get jobs and favors because everyone knew him since birth
    • He had to leave his country.
    We have reformulated this Rashi in terms of receiving favors. Indeed, Abraham disagreed with the world. He therefore needed time to think for himself. As long as he lived with his former world and received favors from them he was being influenced. To blossom fully he had to start over again and be free from external influences.

Advanced Rashi: Rashi actually uses two Rashi methods on this verse. Besides the bullet method Rashi uses the contradiction method: The verse tells Abraham to leave his birthplace. But in the previous Biblical chapter we are told he already had left his birthplace. We therefore interpret the verse to mean besides leaving your birthplace distance yourself farther and leave your father's influence. We have additionally added to this use of the contradiction method the use of the bullet method: God told Abraham to leave a three-some of items.


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