Pilpul Pil"pul, n. [Aramaic pilp[=u]l; cf. Heb. pilpel to spice, to season, dispute violently.] Among the Jews, penetrating investigation, disputation, and drawing of conclusions, esp. in Talmudic study. -- {Pil"pul*ist}, n. -- {Pil`pul*is"tic}, a. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • PILPUL — (Heb. פִּלְפּוּל), a collective term denoting various methods of talmudic study and exposition, especially by the use of subtle legal, conceptual, and casuistic differentiation. The word is derived from pilpel ( pepper ), indicating that these… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Pilpul — (hebräisch Pilpul, genaueste Untersuchung, von hebräisch Pilpel, Pfeffer bzw. Pfefferung) bezeichnet Methoden des Talmudstudiums, die durch logische Analyse und genaue Ausdifferenzierung aller denkbaren Aspekte und dafür und dagegen sprechender… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Pilpul — (Hebrew: פלפול, loosely meaning sharp analysis ) refers to a method of studying the Talmud through intense textual analysis in attempts to either explain conceptual differences between various halakhic rulings or to reconcile any apparent… …   Wikipedia

  • Pilpul — Pilpul, die angeblich von dem Prager Rabbiner Jakob Polak (gest. 1530) ausgebildete dialektische Methode des Talmudstudiums, die sich in sophistischen, witzigen Spielereien mit den Materien gefiel, eine besonnene wissenschaftliche Erforschung des …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • pilpul — pilpulist, n. pilpulistic, adj. /pil pool/, n. a method of disputation among rabbinical scholars regarding the interpretation of Talmudic rules and principles or Scripture that involves the development of careful and often excessively subtle… …   Universalium

  • pilpul — ˈpilˌpül noun ( s) Etymology: Aramaic & Hebrew pilpūl, from pilpēl to search, argue : critical analysis and hairsplitting : casuistic argumentation especially among Jewish scholars on talmudic subjects : rabbinical dialectic …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pilpul — Pilpoul Pour les articles homonymes, voir Pilpoul (homonymie). Le pilpoul (dérivé du mot pilpel, poivre, littéralement « raisonnement aiguisé ») est une méthode introduite vers 1500 en Pologne, qui consiste en une étude systématique du… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • pilpul — noun Sophistry, hair splitting, quibbling …   Wiktionary

  • pilpul — pil·pul …   English syllables

  • pilpul — A subtle debate between rabbincal scholars over the details of the Talmud …   Grandiloquent dictionary

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