It is good to see that after the commentaries on Targum Judges and Targum Samuel a book has been published in the same line with descriptions of the manuscripts and commentary on the text of Targum Zephaniah. The book gives an overview of the text as annotated translation of the Hebrew Zephaniah, as well as the history of its growth and change. For this purpose, Ho studied manuscripts from several traditions: Babylonian, Yemenite, Palestinian, Ashkenazi, and Sefardi. She also included Rashi and Radaq, whenever they had a divergent quotation from Targum Zephaniah. This broad approach gave her more than once the opportunity to trace the origin of a variant reading. Chapter 2 gives an overview of all the used manuscripts. It is good to read the descriptions and the colophons. It places the manuscripts within the historical background in which they were written. What is unclear, is the method with which Ho made her stemma’s. She introduces the term ‘true variants’ (p. 168), but did not indicate whether these variants refer to the most original text or not. Her criteria are not straightforward, because the criterium ‘they serve an interpretative function’ may as well be used for later
Aramaic Studies – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2010
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