pilpulist


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pilpulist

one who uses Talmudic dialectic; a subtle reasoner. — pilpulistic, adj.
See also: Argumentation
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Through this process, the practice of assigning asmakhtot acquires the negative connotation of a forced reading; a text and its derash belonged to different spheres of knowledge and practice: the oral Torah may have several levels, but not the written.(34) The meaning of "peshat" changes in this process: if the "peshat" has only one meaning, then it can no longer refer to the literary context of a scriptural passage, which may generate more than one meaning; "peshat" must now be defined as "literal meaning." Halivni argues that, contrary to appearances, later pilpulists extended this move toward the plain, literal sense, as did the kabbalists: "Pilpul does not read into the text.