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MIDRASHIC HERMENEUTICS

Daniel Boyarin (Sparks of the Logos, Brill, 2003, pp. 22-23) gives the following definition for rabbinic hermeneutics: “Hermeneutics is a practice of the recovery of vision.  That is, it is ideally a practice in which the original moments of the unmediated vision of God’s presence can be recovered.”

 

He then goes on and illustrates this model of hermeneutics with the following delightful story from the midrash on the Song of Songs:

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