AJS REVIEW The Journal of the Association for Jewish Studies by Robert (editor) Chazan

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D. , New School for Social Research, 1972), pp. 384-387. This interpretation also points out that a closer study of each of the quotations adduced here suggests that they did not really constitute constitutional comments of the sort which we seek. Rather, they fall into the category of incidental intrusions, each in its own way of intrinsic interest as an indication of the extent to which the Jewish tradition has sporadically managed to pick up occasional statements from other traditions and assimilate them to its own use.

Eachketer,in effect,acts as a particularprism on the constitutionof the Jewish polity. Accordingly, each is entitled to exercisea constitutionalcheck on the others. In the former,the categorizationseems sometimesto be impliedby the structural arrangementof the text;9in the latterit is often referredto obliquely(as in the aggadic passage relating to Moses, quoted above, p. 30). '• 9. Most notably in the outlines of governmental provisions to be found in Deuteronomy, chaps. 17 and 18, wherein, after a general introduction (17:8-13), separate paragraphs are allotted to the appointment and prerogatives of the melekh (Deut.

Midrash was indeed a language of Jewish survival. Y. 78. See p. 15, above. The Concept of the Three Ketarim: Its Place in Jewish Political Thought and Its Implications for a Study of Jewish Constitutional History Author(s): Stuart A. Cohen Source: AJS Review, Vol. 9, No. 1 (Spring, 1984), pp. org/stable/1486437 . Accessed: 28/06/2011 21:18 Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of JSTOR's Terms and Conditions of Use, available at . jsp. JSTOR's Terms and Conditions of Use provides, in part, that unless you have obtained prior permission, you may not download an entire issue of a journal or multiple copies of articles, and you may use content in the JSTOR archive only for your personal, non-commercial use.

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