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What is the source for referring to the known method of Talmudic study a "pilpul"? When did this usage begin?

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    Interesting question. I have to do some digging, but I saw an article that it is related to the word "pilpil" (which I don't think is an "original" Hebrew word) meaning "pepper". It is a metaphor for the "peppery" or "spicy" debating that occurs when two people discuss a Talmudic page. – DanF Mar 26 '18 at 14:46
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    What specific information are you looking for that is not in the Wikipedia entry you linked? – Alex Mar 26 '18 at 15:16
  • @Alex, the link does not answers/quotes who was the first to make that conection. It says that Maharal did something like that, but apparently that conection was already in use (?). – Renato Grun Mar 26 '18 at 16:08
  • @RenatoGrun "In the narrower sense, pilpul refers to a method of conceptual extrapolation from texts in efforts to reconcile various texts or to explain fundamental differences of approach between various earlier authorities, which became popular in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries: its founders are generally considered to be Jacob Pollak and Shalom Shachna." – Alex Mar 26 '18 at 16:19

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