Here we will post differing aspects of the Hermeneutics we use to…

PaRDeS Hermeneutics

  1. P’shat – Simple Literal
  2. Remes (Remez) – Allegorical interpretation
  3. Drash – Midrash, meaning to thresh. Almost always parabolic and in reference to the Kingdom.
  4. So’od – Spiritual, Mystical 

“Hermeneutic Question”
When studying the Nazarean Codicil we may need to differentiate between the varying PaRDeS levels and their independence and connectedness to the Torah and Tanakh as well as self, i.e. Nazarean Codicil.

  • Where does the N.C depend on the Torah?
  • When is it making its own statements (stand-alone)?
  • Where is the N.C relying on statements that it has already named or cited as Mesorah?
  • Where does the current level PaRDeS, rely on statements from other hermeneutic genre?
  • Where do the varying genre divest themselves of the other levels of PaRDeS hermeneutics, i.e. function strictly within their own genre?

1. Theoretical questions or statements of law (Nomos) not associated with a particular passage of the Torah or Tanakh.

2. Performing a direct Exegesis of Scripture from the Torah or Tanakh.

Either we find exegesis of biblical passages, with the value system of the Rabbis read into the analogous tales; or we are told stories about Nazarean Rabbanim and paradigmatic events, once again through analogous stories told in such a way that a didactic and paraenetic purpose is served.

3. Making reference to the already extant Oral Torah, its laws and principles

4. Interpreting its Own Historical statements as case law or nomos.

5. Analogous stories about, and rules for, sages and disciples, separate from discussion of a passage of the Torah or Tanakh.

Frequently enough we may see the Master or one of his talmidim presenting a narrative or analogous story with particular events that establish a precedential nomos.

These analogous stories often serve as an illustrative nomos, Torah being equally precedent.

6. Subsequent levels of PaRDeS hermeneutics frequently rely on statements from other hermeneutic genre. However, these statements usually follow an exegetical process for determining nomos or Mesoroth.

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