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At best, they may only discover or recover the original, concealed halachot via pilpul (debates, dialectic), and offer chiddushim, novel interpretations and insights.
To this day, we still have not recovered from the influence of this Pilpul.
In particular, the idea of pilpul, disputation for its own sake, constant questioning, was very important for verbal creativity, and almost all of the first talents of Jewish creativity were in the fields of literature and in writing essays.
A pilpulistic manner (and there are many) of defending the Talmud's explanation of the mishnah's wording - if the pilpul came from a source close to the conceptual thinking popular in Lithuanian yeshivot - would probably center on drawing a distinction between "acquiring" and "betrothing.