The evil inclination in the Targums to the Writings

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The purpose of this chapter is to examine if and how the Targums to the Writings make use of the concept of the Evil Inclination (yeṣer hara‘). Research on the Evil Inclination has focused mainly on texts from the Talmud and Midrash – and rightly so. It is worthwhile, though, including the corpus of Aramaic Targums in discussions about rabbinic concepts, because these contain valuable information about Jewish interpretations of Scripture compiled over many centuries, primarily throughout the first millennium CE. As such, Targums reflect, at times, how some rabbinic concepts were perceived, thus affording one more perspective through which to understand the concept under scrutiny.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Evil Inclination in Early Judaism and Christianity
EditorsJames Aitken, Hector M. Patmore
Place of PublicationCambridge ; New York,
PublisherCambridge University Press,
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781108470827
StatePublished - 2021

RAMBI Publications

  • RAMBI Publications
  • Bible -- Hagiographa -- Aramaic -- Versions
  • Yetzer hara (Judaism) in post-biblical literature


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