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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 Nu05-12d
    URL Reference: (c) http://www.Rashiyomi.com/dt06-06a.htm
    Brief Summary: The suspected-adulteress-woman-offering is only brought on a full sexual descecration of the marriage (Other descecrations dont justify the offering).

Certain Biblical paragraphs are stated in a Theme-Development form. In other words a broad general idea is stated first, followed by the development of this broad general theme in specific details. The Theme-Detail form creates a unified paragraph and consequently the law only applies to the enumerated details, but not to other cases. Today's example illustrates this.

    Nu05-12:13 discusses the circumstances under which the suspected wife ceremony is performed: Speak to the people of Israel, and say to them, If any manís wife goes astray, and
  • General: commits a trespass against him,
  • Detail: And a man commits adultery with her

Rashi (paraphrased): Not every trespass allows the suspected wife ceremony. For example if the woman burnt the husband's dinner he cannot test her through the ceremony. For the concept of trespass is too general. The Bible specifies that only an adultery trespass allows performing the suspected wife ceremony.

Here Rashi interprets the underlined Biblical words trespass-adultery as indicating a general-specific sequence. The general-specific sequence in turn indicates that of all trespasses only adultery allows bringing the suspected wife ceremony.


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