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The Rule of Creative Completion: Neofiti’s Use of שכלל

The Rule of Creative Completion: Neofiti’s Use of שכלל The verb שכלל never appears as the sole verb of a creative process in Targum Neofiti—a practice unique to TgNeof among the Palestinian Targums. Rather, the authors exclusively reserve שכלל for the final position of Aramaic verbal doublets and triplets that complete a creative action initiated by a prior Hebrew verb. This article examines each use of שכלל in TgNeof and demonstrates how its consistent usage—designated as the ‘Rule of Creative Completion’ by the author—can inform contested interpretations elsewhere within the text, and notably its presence in the extant text of TgNeof Gen. 1.1, as well as offer further evidence for an established Aramaic scribal style employed during the composition of Palestinian Targums. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aramaic Studies Brill

The Rule of Creative Completion: Neofiti’s Use of שכלל

Aramaic Studies , Volume 10 (2): 173 – Jan 1, 2012

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Brill
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1477-8351
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1745-5227
DOI
10.1163/17455227-12100202
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Abstract

The verb שכלל never appears as the sole verb of a creative process in Targum Neofiti—a practice unique to TgNeof among the Palestinian Targums. Rather, the authors exclusively reserve שכלל for the final position of Aramaic verbal doublets and triplets that complete a creative action initiated by a prior Hebrew verb. This article examines each use of שכלל in TgNeof and demonstrates how its consistent usage—designated as the ‘Rule of Creative Completion’ by the author—can inform contested interpretations elsewhere within the text, and notably its presence in the extant text of TgNeof Gen. 1.1, as well as offer further evidence for an established Aramaic scribal style employed during the composition of Palestinian Targums.

Journal

Aramaic StudiesBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2012

Keywords: Palestinian Targums; Neofiti; Neophyti; Genesis 1.1; שכלל; ברא; Aramaic; creation; wisdom; rule of creative completion; verbal doublets; scribal practice; translation

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