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7. RASHI METHOD: FORMATTING
BRIEF EXPLANATION:Inferences from Biblical formatting: --bold,italics--and paragraph structure.
This examples applies to Rashis Gn32-03a Gn32-04a Gn47-24a Gn47-24b Gn47-24c
URL Reference: (c) http://www.Rashiyomi.com/gn32-03a.htm

The Bible like other works of literature may be organized into paragraphs. A paragraph can be indicated by formatting, for example by two blank lines surrounding the paragraph. Or, a paragraph, can be indicated a common theme to a group of sentences.

Each paragraph is a distinct unit with a common theme. Words in each paragraph can take on a distinctive meaning. This distinctive meaning, once established, persists throughout the paragraph. Todays examples illustrate this.

The Biblical paragraph Gn32-01:10 states And early ....Laban rose up, and kissed his sons ... And Jacob went on his way, and angels of God met him. And when Jacob saw them, he said, This is Godís camp; and he called the name of that place camps And Jacob sent angels before him to Esau his brother ...And he commanded them, saying, say... And the angels returned to Jacob, saying, We came to your brother Esau, and also he comes to meet you, and four hundred men with him. Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; and he divided the people who were with him,....into two camps ... And Jacob prayed.... I am not worthy.... for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I have become two camps Save me, ...

We have translated this whole paragraph this way. We emphasize that the driving force behind the Rashi comment Mem-Lamed-Aleph- Caph means angel not messenger, is the paragraph structure. In other words it is not the word meanings or the grammar that drives Rashi to so interpret but rather the paragraph unit.

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