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Two major concerns are reflected in Targum Jonathan (TJ) Zephaniah: Israels wellbeing and the social, political, and religious criticism of TJs day. All these issues in effect converge towards one overall prayer: may the Jewish people return to their land to be independent again under Gods Law. Two major concerns for TJ are the exile and the return of Israel to its land. The theological concept of the Shekhinah, that evolved after the fall of Jerusalem, was created to deal with these concerns. The manuscripts examined in this book originate in different provenances and times. When comparing them, with the inclusion of quotations from Rashi and Radaq, we observe that generally speaking, their text originated from the same written source, which we refer to as Targum Jonathan that evolved in Palestine.

Keywords: Israel; Palestine; Targum Jonathan (TJ); Zephaniah



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