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Moshe Idel

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300083798

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300083798.001.0001

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Semantics, Constellation, and Interpretation

Semantics, Constellation, and Interpretation

(p.221) 8 Semantics, Constellation, and Interpretation
Absorbing Perfections

Moshe Idel

Yale University Press

This chapter looks at the two forms of Jewish exegesis. It starts with a look at the semantic and parasemantic aspects of the interpreted text and moves on to a discussion of the middot, which is the existence of two measures. The discussion then turns to medieval hermeneutics, which is believed to have departed from the midrashic, semantically-oriented hermeneutics. The latter half of the chapter centers on the types of symbolism characteristic of theosophical-theurgical Kabbalah, an early yet static form of symbolism, decadologies, constellations of the midrashic authors, and the ten divine names.

Keywords:   Jewish exegesis, semantic, parasemantic, middot, medieval hermeneutics, theosophical-theurgical Kabbalah, symbolism, decadologies, constellations, divine names

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