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A Jewish Targum in a Christian World
Houtman, Alberdina, Eveline van Staalduine-Sulman and Hans-Martin Kirn, editors

Leiden: Brill, 2014 pp. xiv + 311. Volume 27 $162.00

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Jewish and Christian Perspectives


Description: What is the use of a Targum in a cultural setting where Aramaic is not a common language anymore? And why would Christians be interested in a typically Jewish text in an otherwise anti-Jewish milieu? These and related questions have served as guides for Alberdina Houtman, Eveline van Staalduine-Sulman and Hans-Martin Kirn in bringing together the articles for the present book, which consists of three parts: 1. Uses and Functions of Targum in Europe; 2. Editing Targums and their Latin Translations; 3. Targums and Christianity. A number of the articles deal with the codicological and paratextual aspects of the relevant manuscripts and editions as witnesses of their cultural historical situations. The intended readership includes specialists in Targum, Jewish and medieval studies, (church) historians, codicologists and (Christian) theologians.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, Mishnah, Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature, Targumic Texts, Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Linguistics, Aramaic, Latin, Historical Approaches, History, Form, Tradition and Redaction Criticism, Textual Criticism, History of Interpretation

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Review by Siam Bhayro
Published 3/1/2016
Citation: Siam Bhayro, review of Alberdina Houtman, Eveline van Staalduine-Sulman, and Hans-Martin Kirn, eds., A Jewish Targum in a Christian World, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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