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Exegetical Similarities and the Liturgical Use of the Targumim of the Megilloth

Exegetical Similarities and the Liturgical Use of the Targumim of the Megilloth It has long been noted that the relatively expansive Targumim of the Five Scrolls share a number of ‘significant affinities’. These similarities, the expansive nature and structure, the admonition to study Torah and continue to perform good deeds, and the expectation of the coming Messianic era, suggest that they are part of a larger agenda to remind their audiences of God’s guiding hand in Israel’s history and to promote piety. Possibly receiving their final form in the same period and in the same contexts, it seems that the festal use of the biblical texts led to their rather unique formation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aramaic Studies Brill

Exegetical Similarities and the Liturgical Use of the Targumim of the Megilloth

Aramaic Studies , Volume 12 (1): 108 – Jan 1, 2014

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Brill
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Copyright 2014 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.
ISSN
1477-8351
eISSN
1745-5227
DOI
10.1163/17455227-01201007
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Abstract

It has long been noted that the relatively expansive Targumim of the Five Scrolls share a number of ‘significant affinities’. These similarities, the expansive nature and structure, the admonition to study Torah and continue to perform good deeds, and the expectation of the coming Messianic era, suggest that they are part of a larger agenda to remind their audiences of God’s guiding hand in Israel’s history and to promote piety. Possibly receiving their final form in the same period and in the same contexts, it seems that the festal use of the biblical texts led to their rather unique formation.

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Aramaic StudiesBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2014

Keywords: Targum Megilloth; day of judgment; messianic age; study; Torah; Heilsgeschichte ; exegetical motifs; liturgy

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