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Jacob's Second Visit To Bethel In Targum Pseudo-Jonathan

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The Bible clearly links Jacob's second visit to Bethel with his previous journey recorded in Genesis 28 and Pseudo-Jonathan of Gen. 35.7 is keen to do the same. This chapter undertakes an analysis of Genesis 35, in which the Targum's exegesis is, in places, very much sui generis. Ps-Jon. Genesis 35 has no points of contact with PRE, and Islam is nowhere in view. Certain features in the text might seem, superficially, to indicate a late date. It attempts to relate Ps-Jon.'s exegesis to that found in other sources, seeking, wherever possible, to uncover its particular purpose. Only then will the character of Targum of Genesis 35 begin to emerge, and some possible hints as to its relative dating. The chapter begins with an investigation of those verses which show significant addition to, and alterations of, the Hebrew original.

Keywords: Bethel; Bible; Genesis; Hebrew; Jacob; Pseudo-Jonathan; Targum



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