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A basic definition of “Targum”

See also my essay on Targum for the Dictionary for the Theological Interpretation of the Bible. In commenting on another, unrelated post John asked, Would you please provide a concise definition of “targum.” I am planning to write a paraphrase with brief commentary on the Sermon on the Mount for Sunday’s sermon and make reference to the Targumim to introduce it. I hope John will chime in with some additional context for how he thinks […]

Ruth’s “Conversion” in Targum Ruth

As you all know I am working Targum Ruth. Those who know me well know that my interests are more with the exegetical concerns than linguistic issues. Still, one must slog through a translation at some point… Ruth 1:16-17 has received a lot of attention throughout the millennia. For the majority of its reception the passage has been interepreted as Ruth’s “conversion” to Judaism. In this “confession” she becomes a follower of Yhwh. Many modern […]

IOTS 2010 Schedule Posted

The 2010 International Organization for Targumic Studies conference is nearly here! Held triennially as part of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament, this year’s conference is in Helsinki, Finland during the first week in August. The program(me) has just been posted at the conference website and I will share it below as well, but first I thought I would share my abstract with you. The Figure of Boaz in Targum Ruth […]

Boaz Centrally Marginalized – MARSBL Presentation

Below is the text of the paper I presented this past week at the Mid-Atlantic Region Society of Biblical Literature and, if WordPress plays nicely, the audio of the presentation. This paper is part of my larger work on Targum Ruth. This summer I will be presenting a paper at IOTS on the character of Boaz in Tg Ruth. But first, we need to consider how Boaz is presented in the biblical text. Centrally Marginalized […]

MAR-SBL paper: Boaz Centrally Marginalized

This morning marks the beginning of the Mid-Atlantic Regional SBL (and AAR) meeting. There are some interesting papers but this morning I need to try and finish my paper for tomorrow. I thought I would share the general premise here. Feel free to critique it and if I have the time I will incorporate your thoughts! Boaz Centrally Marginalized Ruth and Naomi are rightly understood by most commentators as the central figures of the book […]

A modern Ruth?

NPR ran a piece this morning about an Iraqi woman, a single mother, who came to the US last year and is making a new life for herself. In listening to the piece I was struck by the similarities in the story as told by NPR and the biblical story of Ruth. The story was introduced as follows. Last year, we introduced NPR audiences to a single mother of three who heads one of the […]

Ruth’s “Conversion” – The Targumic Interpretation

Two days ago I discussed, from a devotional perspective, Ruth’s decision to follow Naomi and I commented that I think it is reasonable to question whether the author is presenting a “conversion” to Israel’s God or Ruth’s faithfulness to Naomi, that in its historical context would have included accepting the deity of the community in which she now lives, and so on. The Targum of Ruth, from the rabbinic period1, has no doubt and directs […]

Lenten Devotional: No turning back.

Ruth 1.15 So [Naomi] said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16 But Ruth said,“Do not press me to leave youor to turn back from following you!Where you go, I will go;Where you lodge, I will lodge;your people shall be my people,and your God my God.17 Where you die, I will die—there will I be buried.May the LORD do thus and so to me,and […]

The Book of Ruth and Its Targum

My study of the Targum of Ruth grew out of my earlier work on Targum Lamentations and the Targumim of the Megilloth. From this page and the submenus above you can navigate to my essays on the Book of Ruth, Targum Ruth, brief commentary on the Book of Ruth, and translation of Targum Ruth. You can also navigate to images of the Solger manuscript. The oldest known MS is Valmadonna 1 and my transcription and translation are […]