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Title: The Targums
Author: Flesher, Paul V M Bruce Chilton
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2011
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004217690
Volumes: 1; Pages: xviii, 557
List Price in Cloth: $237.00 Our price: $201.50
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The value and significance of the targums' translations of the Hebrew Bible into Aramaic, the language of Palestinian Jews for centuries following the Babylonian Exile?lie in their approach to translation: within a typically literal rendering of a text, they incorporate extensive exegetical material, additions, and paraphrases that reveal important information about Second Temple Judaism, its interpretation of its bible, and its beliefs.This remarkable survey introduces critical knowledge and insights that have emerged over the past forty years, including targum manuscripts discovered this century and targums known in Aramaic but only recently translated into English. Prolific scholars Flesher and Chilton guide readers in understanding the development of the targums; their relationship to the Hebrew Bible; their dates, language, and place in the history of Christianity and Judaism; and their theologies and methods of interpretation.