Targum Lamentations

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IOTS 2018 – Targum Lamentations 1:15 and Isaiah 63:3

In a couple of weeks I will heading out to London to join with other Targum scholars for IOTS 2018. I am returning to TgLam for a short note on the relationship between the Targum and Isa. 63:3. This is my proposal. “The Lord has trodden as in a wine press,” A note regarding TgLam 1:15 and Isa. 63:3 The biblical text of Lamentations is already a rather graphic and dramatic passage: Lam. 1:15 The […]


Transcription of TgLam from Urb. 1 Available on Targuman 1

I finally got around to posting the transcription I made years ago of TgLam for my doctorate and the subsequent book. The text is from the MS Urb. 1, represented without the vocalization. There may be some new errors introduced with the copying and pasting process (and Unicode transitions) but I think I cleaned it all up. Please let me know if you find any errors. Transcription of TgLam from Urb. 1  


How do we make sense of it all? 3

A month or so ago I was talking to an old and close friend and we began discussing reviews of our work. This led to discussing how one reviewer misunderstood my conclusions in The Rabbinic Targum of Lamentations: Vindicating God. Curious to look at it all again, I pulled up the text to my introduction and conclusion (see below). The reviewer, by the way, thought I was espousing the Targumist’s interpretation and explanation of events. […]


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 would share my intro with you here. On Some Exegetical Similarities Between the Targumim of the Megilloth The Megilloth, the […]


Targum Lamentations in eSword format

A reader has kindly made an eSword version of Targum Lamentations available. I do not use this tool myself, but Jonathan’s directions were these: I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get this to you.  I have attached the E-Sword file for you of your Targum.  The file just needs to be copied into the E-sword program folder (c:\program files (x86)\E-Sword in most cases).  When E-sword is started it will be included in […]


New Book: Great is Thy Faithfulness?

Months ago I wrote that the proofs were in and now it is all ready, just in time for SBL. The book is Great Is Thy Faithfulness? Reading Lamentations as Sacred Scripture and was edited by Robin Parry and Heath Thomas. For anyone wanting to do work in Lamentations and its interpretation this is going to be a must first read (well, after you read Lamentations itself, that is). Yours truly contributed the bits about the Targum of Lamentations and […]


The drawback of digital images of manuscripts 1

I now have little excuse to travel and see the manuscripts in person. Of course once can still make the argument, especially if one’s area of research is primarily focused on manuscripts themselves it is absolutely necessary. But for those of us who simply need the text to see textual variances and so on, a high quality digital image is often better than looking at the real thing. Case in point: this gorgeous digital image […]


Targum Studies: The Exegetical Method   Recently updated!

As I am working on my new book on Targum Ruth I am also editing my doctoral thesis to get it into eBook form (well, truth be told, an undergrad is doing the editing). One matter that I laid out in the thesis and my book that I think is still valuable is the need for us as scholars to be explicit in our methods. Or at least to be as conscious of them as […]


Word Clouds Illuminating Interpretation: Lamentations 1

Yesterday, as simply a means of illustrating the announcement about the new book on Lamentations I quickly created two word clouds of the Book of Lamentations and the Targum of Lamentations. As with Ruth there are some interesting observations one can make from this simple graphic. For those not familiar, Wordle.net  tags the words you input and produces a “cloud” of words. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source […]


Proofs are here! New Book on Lamentations 4

A year ago, almost to the day, I shared with you all that a new book was forthcoming on the topic of Lamentations and its interpretation in Christianity and Judaism. Yesterday I received the proofs and Great Is Thy Faithfulness: Reading Lamentations as Sacred Scripture should be ready for purchase at SBL! The publisher is now Pickwick Publications/Wipf and Stock. The book is edited by Robin Parry and Heath Thomas. The table of contents follows […]