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Pilpul

Pilpul (derived from pilpel, ‘pepper’). A method of Jewish Talmudic study. Traditionally pilpul meant the logical distinctions by which contradictions in the texts could be explained. Pilpul was distinguished from girsah (the cursory straightforward meaning of the words) and it served the functions of resolving contradictions, making the text relevant to changing circumstances, and providing a constant changing intellectual challenge.

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