When we learn the Torah, we work off the assumption that as the Torah is directly from Hashem, every word and even letter is there for a reason, and a lot of commentary and even Halacha is based on this.

When we learn Nach, do we also apply this principle and is it to the same degree? Neviim is written by other neviim, but they weren't as great as Moshe Rabbeinu, and Kesuvim weren't written by neviim at all.

  • he.wikisource.org/wiki/… אמר מר זוטרא (דברי הימים א ח, לח) בין אצל לאצל טעינו ד' מאה גמלי דדרשא - מאצל לאצל - שני מקראות הן ופרשה גדולה ביניהן ולאצל ששה בנים וקא חשיב ואזיל הבנים וסיפא דפרשתא אלה בני אצל:
    – pcoz
    Oct 7, 2022 at 8:10
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    @pcoz Sorry, my Aramaic & Hebrew isn't good enough to be able to work out what point you are making? Oct 7, 2022 at 11:03
  • I think it's a good question. The Metzudos and some other mefarshim use a phrase "the same idea in different words" frequently in Nach, wherever there is the parallelism/doubling that many verses use. On the other hand, the Malbim (beginning of Ayeles Hashachar on Isaiah?) says that there can never be such a thing really, ח"ו, and every single thing in Tanach is there to teach us something, and contains eternal lessons. He always strives to work out why particular words are used the way they are.
    – MichoelR
    Oct 7, 2022 at 11:49
  • Doesn't the gemara very often learn halachos out of extra words in Nach?
    – Yoreinu
    Oct 7, 2022 at 14:04
  • @Yoreinu I come across, once in a decade, the concept that all the haalchoth came from the 5 books only. I even remember learning a gemara eons ago which said that it might look like a certain halacha came from a certain nach passuk, but it reality it came from one of the 5 books. Oct 9, 2022 at 3:16

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Yes. All of the written Torah, including nach, are very precise, even the poetic texts in most of kesuvim. Although we may not know all of the details (on the contrary, it is impossible to begin to grasp the true depth of a single verse) there a plethora of reasons behind everything, on all the levels of pardes (pshat-simple meaning, remez-elucidations, drush-exegesis, and sod-the secrets [kabbalah etc]) and on a chassidic level etc.

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    Do you have any sources for this and how do we understand that for Kesuvim, which aren't written by neviim? Oct 8, 2022 at 18:56
  • I can’t give you any sources offhand, but will try to get back to you. Kesuvim was still written by great tzaddikim with ruach hakodesh, so there is no problem Oct 9, 2022 at 19:41

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