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    1. RASHI METHOD: REFERENCES
    BRIEF EXPLANATION: Commentary on a verse is provided thru a cross-reference to another verse. The cross references can either provide
    • (1a) further details,
    • (1b) confirm citations, or
    • (1c) clarify word meaning.
    This examples applies to Rashis Gn39-09a
    URL Reference: (c) http://www.Rashiyomi.com/w33n6.htm
    Brief Summary: Jews are called HEBREWS from EYVER-OTHER SIDE. They are DIFFERENT - OTHER SIDE.

Verse Gn39-09 discussing Joseph's refusal to commit adultery states There is none greater in this house than I; nor has he kept back any thing from me but you, because you are his wife; how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? Rashi notes The underlined words, how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? references verses Gn12-17:18, Gn26-11 which explicitly indicate general awareness among non-Jews that adultery leads to Gods killing people.

Text of Target Verse Gn39-09 Text of Reference Verse Gn12-17:18, Gn26-11
There is none greater in this house than I; nor has he kept back any thing from me but you, because you are his wife; how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God? And the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abramís wife. And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife?... And Abimelech charged all his people, saying, He who touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death
Rashi comments: The underlined words-plagues...put to death - show that the non-Jewish world was aware that the prohibition of adultery was not something religious and abstract but rather real-world and perceived, consistent with Gods punishment and bringing plagues on people here and now in this world.


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