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Hagar In Targum Pseudo-Jonathan

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This chapter presents the figure of Hagar as described in Targum Pseudo-Jonathan, a late Targum, but one which has preserved several of the traditions built around the figure of the maidservant of Sarah, the mother of Ishmael. Some of these traditions may be much older, as they are partially attested to in the Qumran texts, in Jubilees, or in the New Testament. The author has grouped the information gathered in his reading of the Targum Pseudo-Jonathan under three headings: the origins and status of Hagar, the description of Ishmael, and the dispute between Ishmael and Isaac. With regard to the description of Ishmael, in Targum Pseudo-Jonathan God accuses Ishmael of having abandoned the training Abraham gave him and more particularly of practising idolatry.

Keywords: Hagar; Isaac; Ishmael; Targum Pseudo-Jonathan



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