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middler
middles
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middleweight
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middy
middy blouse
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midfield
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middot definitions

Britannica Concise

In Jewish biblical interpretation, the principles used to explicate the meaning of biblical words or passages. The middot are used especially to determine the bearing that a passage has on a new question or situation. The first known middot were compiled by Hillel in the 1st cent. BC; others were compiled by Ishmael ben Elisha (c.AD 100) and Eliezer ben Yose the Galilaean (c.AD 150). Among the best-known are the kol wa-homer ("how much more"), in which the interpreter proceeds from a minor to a major premise, and the gezera shawa (comparison of similar expressions or laws), in which an inference is made by analogy.




 


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