Suggestion: Add Targumic expansions to the Ancient Literature section of the PG

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Fr Devin Roza | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Jul 8 2015 1:00 AM

I have had the joy this year of studying the Jewish Targums quite a bit, and have been impressed at how important they are for understanding early Jewish interpretation of Scripture. Just today I was studying Genesis 4:18, for example, where both Targum Neofiti and Targum Pseudo-Jonathan identify Melchizedek as Shem, the son of Noah.

I ran a Passage Guide on Gen 4:18 and in the Ancient Literature section found some other similar passages from early Jewish writings, but was surprised that the Targums were not included.

I would suggest that at least the major Targums be included in the Ancient Literature tool. It should be relatively easy - they could be included whenever they have an expansion on the verse. These expansions are clearly marked in italics in the English translation of the Targums, the Aramaic Bible.

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