Targum Ruth

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This page is a collection of essays that pertain to Targum Ruth.

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

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.  

Exegetical Similarities in the Targumim of the Megilloth

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 […]

Targumic and Midrashic (or Talmudic) parallels

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 the Targum of Ruth,” in Word in Season, (Sheffield, England Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications JSOT Pr), 1986. On page […]

Manuscript names: Sassoon 282 is Valmadonna No. 1

UPDATE In preparation for my book I transcribed Beattie’s list of MSS with adjustments to take into account the new name of the oldest manuscript, Valmadonna 1. See the bottom of this entry for the list. It also appears that V has now been sold by Sotheby’s on behalf of the Trust Library. While it is not named specifically it appears to be the 1189 CE manuscript referenced in this article. Last week Derek Beattie […]

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

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 1 verse 4. After an expansive start, the Targumist adds just a few details to this verse. He explains that […]

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 article on Boaz ready to be submitted. The blog over here has been neglected in this time and really for […]

New Translation of Targum Ruth Available (here!)

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 of access to Beattie’s edition (see below) if you have the Accordance Targum module 1 then you have the base […]

Solger MS of TgLam

Targum: Preserving “God’s Word”

In the comments on my previous post Joel asked about the origins of the “theologizing” in Targum Ruth. This morning he further commented, I’m just now getting into 2nd Temple lit, but the Targums fascinate me, especially as a tradition in which a traditional text was developed for a specific purpose and accepted without what we know of today as reactionary calls of ‘changing God’s word.’ Joel brings up some good points about Targum. (A […]