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 importance of Leviticus for the Jews of the post-biblical period cannot be exaggerated. Leviticus contains laws which regulated almost all aspects of communal and individual life. The Aramaic Bible, Volume 3: Targum Neofiti 1: Leviticus and Targum Pseudo-Jonathan: Leviticus sheds light on how Leviticus was understood and its laws practiced.
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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
Martin McNamara is emeritus professor of Scripture at Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy in Dublin.