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“The Conversion of Ruth in Targum Ruth” is in print 5

My article “The Conversion of Ruth in Targum Ruth” has just been published in Review of Rabbinic Judaism, Volume 16, Issue 2, 2013. Due to Brill’s generous policies, you may find the article on this site under the “Targum Ruth” tab above. Like this:Like Loading…

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Exegetical Similarities in the Targumim of the Megilloth 4

We are now just about two weeks away from the 2013 IOTS conference in Munich. My paper, as always seems to be the case, is on the last day, just a few hours before we catch our flight back. My paper is “On Some Exegetical Similarities Between the Targumim of the Megilloth.” I thought I […]


Targum Ruth Word Cloud – in Aramaic 2

I had done this ages ago, but apparently failed to do it in Aramaic. I still think it is actually quite a useful tool. The visualization of the frequency of words is interesting. Compare the size of נעמי to רות or בועז. Like this:Like Loading…

Targum Ruth Aramaic Word Cloud

Leaving Bethlehem

Why did Mahlon and Chilion die? 3

Last month I presented my paper on the conversion of Ruth in Targum Ruth. I noted, in passing, that the Targum also explains why the two sons/husbands died in Moab. 4 They [Mahlon and Chilion] transgressed the decree of the Memra of the Lord and they took for themselves foreign wives from the house of Moab. After my paper a man came […]


Targumic and Midrashic (or Talmudic) parallels 3

There has long been debate about which rabbinic text is dependent upon which. It is very rare that we know certainly the date of the texts or when one is clearly citing or building its own interpretation upon that of another text. This is certainly true of TgRuth. I am just re-reading Derek Beattie’s, “Towards Dating […]


Ruth, daughter of Eglon, and the origin of midrashic traditions 1

I am in the final stages of preparing my paper on the transformation of the character of Ruth in her Targum and I thought I would share one nugget here with a comment about determining primacy of exegetical traditions. The first reference to Ruth in the Targum, as in the biblical text, occurs in chapter […]


Covered Bridge

Working on Ruth and Taking Pictures

Not at the same time, usually. As with most summers, this is my time to try and get some writing done. I continue, slowly but surely, to make progress on my book on TgRuth. Next month I will be presenting a paper on the character of Ruth in the Targum and I now have my […]


International SBL in Amsterdam 1

I am in late in posting the news, but my paper has been accepted for the International SBL conference this summer in Amsterdam. No one will be surprised to know that my paper is on Targum Ruth. The title character of the book of Ruth has been viewed historically as everything from the paragon of […]


New Translation of Targum Ruth Available (here!) 5

I am very (very) pleased to post my translation of Targum Ruth. It can be found here and the opening comments and first verse are below. This is a first draft and the English needs smoothing, but I thought I would do a bit of “crowd sourcing.” Feel free to read it and comment. Short […]