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Pirqe De Rabbi Eliezer And Targum Pseudo-Jonathan

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Introducing his new translation and commentary on the text of Pirqe de Rabbi Eliezer (PRE), Miguel Pérez Fernández lists no fewer than thirty-nine instances of what he considers as coincidences in small detail between PRE and Targum Pseudo-Jonathan of the Pentateuch (Ps.-Jon.). He had recorded material, which PRE seems to hold in common with ancient Pseudepigrapha like Jubilees and I Enoch, in the introduction to his translation of PRE, and he remarked that PRE was, in his opinion, one of Ps.-Jon'.s sources. The first tradition which Fernández cites forms an excellent illustration of points made in this chapter. This necessarily lengthy survey has revealed several recurring features, of which five in particular stand out. First, in certain instances, the chapter shows that the Targum and PRE have nothing whatever in common. Finally, on numerous occasions PRE makes use of verses from the Hebrew Bible as proof of some aggadic statement.

Keywords: Miguel Pérez Fernández; Pirqe de Rabbi Eliezer (PRE); Pseudepigrapha; Targum Pseudo-Jonathan



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