The Book of Ruth and Its Targum


Targum Ruth 2:4

Targum Ruth 2:4

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 and Targum Ruth. You can also navigate to my translation and images of the Solger manuscript using the links in the drop down menu above. The oldest known MS is Valmadonna 1 and my transcription and translation are based upon that MS.

Targum Ruth

The Book

The Proselyte and the Prophet: Character Development in Targum Ruth can be ordered it at Brill’s site.

The first review came out in August of 2018 on Reading Religion, by Steven Fassberg.

Book Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Transcription of Valmadonna No. 1 & Translation
  3. Exegetical Commentary
  4. Analysis
    1. Naomi
    2. Ruth
    3. Targumic Ruth
      1. Practically Perfect Proselyte
      2. The Last Deed is Better than the First
      3. Mother of the Messiah
    4. Boaz
    5. Targumic Boaz
      1. Ibzan the Righteous
      2. Boaz the Pious
      3. Rabbinic Exemplar
  5. Conclusion

The Articles

The Translation
My translation can be found here, on this site.
Samson H. Levey’s translation can be found here, at the Newsletter for Targumic and Cognate Studies at Targum.info.

Solger MS Images
Images of TgRuth from the Solger MS are available here.

Word Cloud

This is more for curiosity’s sake than anything else, but creating a word cloud via Wordle offers an interesting visual look at the content (in English) of TgRuth.