This post is just a record of my actions and a place to voice dissent/support.
The reason i created this tag because i felt that there wasn't a suitable tag for questions that are seeking to find the reason for a specific biblical law. For example questions like this i feel like have no suitable tag. It cannot be defined as a hermeneutical question as it is not really about trying to understand better the text (though hermeneutical methods can surely be applied), it is more about the significance of the law and why it was instituted in the first place, so adding the hermeneutics tag to such a question would be quite misleading. The closest tag i was able to find was historical interpretation which is not really appropriate as it is too broad and undefined. I think that by creating a rationale tag it would help these questions be more accurately and precisely defined. Any question seeking to understand the rationale and reason for a specific biblical law falls into this category and this tag would properly define it.
Such a tag is quite useful as there are many other users that are interested in this kind of study. For example one user here asks about the rationale behind the forbidden pagan hairstyle, and another here about eating pork, and another here about purification and another here about offerings and another here about circumcision, and there many many more on BH that are seeking to understand the reasoning behind specific biblical laws, but they are missing the essential tag that would properly define them. The rationale tag would surely help them express themselves better and to express what is troubling them.
The study of the origin of biblical traditions and laws and how the biblical authors viewed them and what significance they attached to them is a substantial and respectable study among biblical studies and biblical scholars seriously consider it; i think it deserves an appropriate tag here on BH, and i see no reason why this tag must be scoured off the face of the earth.
See the list of questions concerning the rationale tag i created here: