The Classic Midrash: Tannaitic Commentaries on the Bible
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Any work , however , that is considered important immediately calls for comment .
The more important the work , the more voluminous the commentaries . Building
after building could be filled with books written about Shakespeare's plays .
I THE LORD AM YOUR GOD ( Ex . 20 : 2 ) was written on one tablet and opposite
it on the other was written YOU SHALL NOT MURDER ( Ex . 20:13 ) indicating
that if one sheds blood he is considered to have diminished the Divine Image .
killing is considered unintentional . According to the Sages , an unintentional
manslayer went into exile not merely to protect his life from the bloodavenger ,
which appears to be the main Biblical motive , but as a punishment for
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Notes to Introduction
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