The Signifying Creator
This concluding chapter states how in ancient Judaism, methods of interpretation and discourse on the nature of signs were not confined to scripture and its interpretation, but extended to the world of celestial, terrestrial, and ritual things and occurrences. The primary circles of rabbinic authorities were more likely holding to the notion of the Torah, as elaborated by scholastic tradition, as the exclusive source of revelation. But at the same time, some sectors of Jewish culture in late antiquity embraced alternatives to this worldview. This suggests that the pantextual theory of revelation was an ideological development in rabbinic thought that shared space with a more encompassing view of divine signification.
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