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The Aramaic Bible, Volume 1A: Targum Neofiti 1: Genesis

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While any translation of the Scriptures may in Hebrew be called a targum, the word is used especially for a translation of a book of the Hebrew Bible into Aramaic. Before the Christian era, Aramaic had in good part replaced Hebrew in Palestine as the vernacular of the Jews. It continued as their vernacular for centuries later and remained in part as the language of the schools after Aramaic itself had been replaced as the vernacular.

The Aramaic Bible, Volume 1A: Targum Neofiti 1: Genesis begins with an introduction of the “Palestinian Targums,” or “Targum Yerushalmi,” the author relates the history of the term, research in the field, and other background information on the Palestinian Pentateuch Targums before providing a verse-by-verse translation of Neofiti 1.

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  • Offers a translation by experts in Aramaic and Hebrew
  • Contains succinct verse-by-verse translation
  • Includes background information on the Palestinian Pentateuch Targums
  • Introduction
  • Brief Introduction to the Palestinian Targums of Genesis
  • Index of Verse Preserved in the Fragment-Targums of Genesis
  • Catalogue of Cairo Genizah Fragments of Palestinian Targums of Genesis
  • Translation Apparatus, and Notes
  • Select Bibliography

Most Highlighted Verses in The Aramaic Bible, Volume 1A: Targum Neofiti 1: Genesis

Genesis 1:27: And the Memra of the Lord created the man in his own likeness; in a likeness from before the Lord he created him; male and his partner he created them.

Genesis 2:23–25: And Adam said: “This time, and never again, is a woman created from man, as this one has been created from me, bone from my bone and flesh from my flesh. It is fitting that this one be called woman because it is from a male that this one has been created.” For this reason shall a man separate his couch from that of his father and that of his mother and adhere to his wife. And the two of them will become one flesh. And both of them were naked, Adam and his wife, and as yet they did not know what shame was.

Genesis 3:9: And the Lord God called Adam and said to him: “Behold, the whole world which I created is manifest before me; darkness and light are manifest before me. And do you reckon that the place within which you are is not manifest before me? Where is the precept that I commanded you?”

Genesis 3:15: And I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your sons and her sons. And it will come about that when her sons observe the Law and do the commandments they will aim at you and smite you on your head and kill you. But when they forsake the commandments of the Law you will aim and bite him on his heel and make him ill. For her sons, however, there will be a remedy, but for you, O serpent, there will not be a remedy, since they are to make appeasement in the end, in the day of King Messiah.

Genesis 3:21: And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of glory, for the skin of their flesh, and he clothed them.

Genesis 3:22: And the Lord God said: “Behold, the first Adam whom I have created is alone in the world as I am alone in the heavens on high. Numerous nations are to arise from him, and from him shall arise one nation who will know to distinguish between good and evil. If he had observed the precept of the Law and fulfilled its commandment he would live and endure forever like the tree of life. And now, since he has not observed the precepts of the Law and has not fulfilled its commandment, behold we will banish him from the garden of Eden before he stretches out his hand and takes of the fruit of the tree of life and eats and lives for ever.”

Genesis 18:17: And the Lord said through his Memra: “Am I to hide from my friend Abraham what I am going to do? Since the city of Sodom is among the gifts I have given him, it is right that I should not overthrow it until I inform him.

Genesis 22:18: And because you listened to the voice of his Memra, in your descendants will all the nations of the earth be blessed.”

The Aramaic Bible series, under McNamara’s able leadership, has brought the difficult world of Targum to a larger audience of biblical scholars.

—Gary A. Rendsburg, Cornell University

  • Title: The Aramaic Bible, Volume 1A: Targum Neofiti 1: Genesis
  • Author: Martin J. McNamara
  • Series: The Aramaic Bible
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press
  • Print Publication Date: 1992
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. O.T. › Targums--Translations into English; Bible. O.T. Genesis
  • Resource ID: LLS:ARAMAICBBL01A
  • Resource Type: Bible
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2024-03-25T19:09:23Z

Martin McNamara is the author of several books, including Apocalyptic and Eschatological Heritage: The Middle East and Celtic Realms, The Apocrypha in the Irish Church, Intertestamental Literature, and editor of The Aramaic Bible: Targums in their Historical Context (with D. R. G. Beattie).


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