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Targum

ROBERT HAYWARD

in Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264744
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734663 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264744.003.0014

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Targum

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This chapter examines the current state of investigation into targum. It explains that targum is the term used to describe the ancient Aramaic versions of books of the Hebrew Bible which incorporate, in varying degrees, explanations of the biblical text. It describes the available manuscripts and printed editions of the targum. The findings reveal that recent scholarly work on the Aramaic Targumim has shown itself less willing than earlier research to identify historical information preserved in the extant texts, and to make use of that information either to comment on the date and provenance of the Targumim, or to supplement our historical knowledge.

Keywords: targum; Hebrew bible; biblical text; Aramaic Targumim; historical information

Chapter.  7994 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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