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In Jewish and Christian movements oral traditions and written documents were cultivated, cherished and transmitted. The present chapter concerns about parallels with the Old Testament in general. In a number of cases Syr has a free rendering containing words or phrases that have been borrowed from or are reminiscent of passages in the Old Testament. In a very few cases Syr seems to reflect the influence of a Syriac version of the Old Testament. There is no evidence for the assumption that the Syriac translator was acquainted with the Targums. Because of the uncertainties about the sources of the parallels, we cannot draw firm conclusions about the translator's religious background. The parallels with rabbinic sources are more pervasive throughout Syr, but since it is likely that the translator's source text had already a strong rabbinic flavour, we cannot conclude that the translator had a rabbinic-Jewish background.

Keywords: Christian; Jewish; Old Testament; oral traditions; rabbinic-Jewish background; Syriac translator; Targums



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