David Everson, who first put me on to the YouTube video about TgNeof has offered a useful comment on the previous post that I would like to elevate to post status.
And I would add that even though we know that some midrashic traditions (exegetical traditions, that is) may be very early, the final form of the texts as we have received them is relatively late (2nd century CE and later). With respect to TgNeof Gen. 1:1, the debate focuses upon not midrashic traditions but the very words of the text which we can only trace back, as David notes, to the centuries after Jesus.
As an aside to this debate, the Catholic Biblical Associate meeting is going very well. We had a very informative session with those involved in the “Bible in its Traditions” project being sponsored by the Ecole Biblique. I am offering something on the rabbinic reception of Lamentations on Tuesday morning as a step towards preparing Lamentations for this project. It is a long-term project that shows lots of promise.