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May 30, 2005

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anna

"hermecurating"

what does this mean? (it's not in my dictionary)

hermercurating (cp. hermeneutics, Mercury, curating) -- just added this to the Glossary, thanks Anna!

            Exhibiting or describing (without deliberate critique) the material and commercial world through the interpretation of significant texts, such as rabbinic texts.

            “The daf's text here allows us to read indirectly about the rabbinic commercial culture. It does not strike me as a critique of commerce. So my reading is not “hermercurial” but rather “hermercurating”, i.e. exhibiting the Mercurius (Roman god of commerce) through the text.” From a note on the hermercurial method.

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