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  • Print publication year: 2021
  • Online publication date: February 2021

10 - An Evil Inclination in the Early Targums to the Pentateuch and Prophets?

Summary

The Targums are translations of the Hebrew Bible that combine into one seamless text straightforward translation and exegetical embellishments. In this chapter I will examine those texts in the Targums to the Law and the Prophets (according to the traditional division of the Hebrew canon) that discuss a yeṣer and which belong to a stratum of the Targum that is likely to be early, by which I mean that their substantive forms are likely to have their origins in the Tannaitic period.

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