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Wall labels were appallingly inconsistent, alternating between the barest descriptions and most long-winded excursuses and rarely clarifying how these extraordinarily diverse practices qualified as "Conceptual.
Two brief excursuses, somewhat superficial in regard to both critical method and substance, seek to establish the background of this text in `universal' Tannaitic notions of the Torah's universal validity, which is assumed to prescribe commandments specific to Gentiles.
Knight's readings occasionally launch into excursuses on "extramural" matters like history, philosophy, politics, and economics, but in each case the digression is highly worthwhile.
The text includes five excursuses and concludes with several indexes.
The plethora of excursuses referring to decollations in mythology, literature, and art ultimately reach the point of dulling the reader's interest in learning about the facts of the murder.