Targum Ruth

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

The character of Boaz in TgRuth…so what?

You know, of course, that last week was the IOTS and I presented a paper on Boaz in Targum Ruth. I was going to post my paper here, but I have changed my mind. (I will post the audio as a podcast later today.) I realized that the paper is so long folks are unlikely to read it all and I will submit the whole thing as an article later this year anyway, so that […]

Boaz in Targum Ruth

In just a few weeks I will be in Finland for the triennial conference of the International Organization for Targumic Studies.1 The program has already been published and I will be presenting a paper, The Figure of Boaz in Targum Ruth. So while procrastinating working on the paper I thought I would share a sample of what you can expect from this study. Targum Ruth 2:11 gives a good example of how the Targumist has […]

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 […]

New Article – “The Use of Eschatological Lists within the Targumim of the Megilloth”

This morning I received an email from Brill letting me know that my article “The Use of Eschatological Lists within the Targumim of the Megilloth” is now in print, Journal for the Study of Judaism, Volume 40, Numbers 4-5, 2009 , pp. 493-509(17). Well, it is available online, but will not be in actual print on paper for another 30 days. At that time I will be able to make a pdf available for download directly […]

Images from the Solger MS of Tg Lamentations and Tg Ruth

I am pleased to be able to post on the Newsletter for Targumic and Cognate Studies images for TgLam and TgRuth from the Codex Solger MS 1-7.2° (Solger) manuscript. The images are made available with the permission of the Stadtbibliothek Nürnberg. They can be found under the “Targumim of the Megillot” section of the NTCS site. The images are also available at this site following the tabs above to my pages on TgLam and TgRuth. […]

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 […]