© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/157006309X443477 Journal for the Study of Judaism 40 (2009) 493-509 brill.nl/jsj The Use of Eschatological Lists within the Targumim of the Megilloth 1 Christian M. M. Brady Schreyer Honors College, The Pennsylvania State University, 10 Schreyer Honors College, University Park, PA 16802-2114, USA email@example.com Abstract Several of the Targumim of the Megilloth contain lists (songs, famines, kings, etc.) that culminate in the future Messianic age. For example, Tg. Song opens with the list of Ten Songs and Tg. Ruth opens with the list of Ten Famines. Such lists are well known from other midrashic texts and this article will consider how and why these lists are used in the Targumim of the Megilloth and will propose that these additions are not merely the result of an opportunity presented by the Hebrew text but are being used speciﬁcally to further the overarching exegetical agenda of the Targum in question. Keywords Targum, Megilloth, lists, Midrash, Ruth, Song of Songs The Targumim of the Megilloth are some of the most exegetically expan- sive Targumim, containing haggadic and midrashic additions that signiﬁ- cantly enhance and even alter the meaning of the underlying biblical text. One
Journal for the Study of Judaism – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2009
Keywords: MIDRASH; LISTS; SONG OF SONGS; TARGUM; RUTH; MEGILLOTH
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