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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 Gn06-18b
    URL Reference: (c) http://www.Rashiyomi.com/w33n5.htm
    Brief Summary: Shem, Noah's eldest son, didn't have his firs child till 2 years after the flood. This supports the thesis that there was marital abstention during the flood years.

    Verse Gn06-18 discussing the coming to the Ark of Noah and his family states
      But I will establish My covenant with thee; and thou shalt come into the ark,
      • thou, and
      • thy sons, and
      • thy wife, and
      • thy sons' wives with thee.
    Rashi notes The underlined phrases seem to suggest that men and women are separate. We will discuss this more fully in Rule #4, Alignment below. Rashi could find support for this abstention in verse Gn11-10 which states that Shem, Noah's eldest son, did not have his first child till two years after the flood.

Text of Target Verse Gn06-08 Text of Reference Verse Gn11-10
    But I will establish My covenant with thee; and thou shalt come into the ark,
    • thou, and
    • thy sons,
    and
    • thy wife, and
    • thy sons' wives with thee.
    Go out from the ark,
    • you, and
    • your wife,
    and
    • your sons, and
    • your sonsí wives with you.
Rashi comments: There was abstention from marital relations during the flood years. Normal relations resumed after the flood years.

Advanced Rashi: We haven't actually proven that there was abstention. The fact that Shem did not have his first child till after the flood is consistent with abstention but does not prove it. A more thorough discussion will take place below in Rule #4, Alignment.


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