Biblical and Theological Studies Faculty Publications

Title

Targums, the New Testament, and Biblical Theology of the Messiah

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2008

Journal Title

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Volume

51

Issue

1

First Page

45

Last Page

58

Abstract

The Targums and the NT exegete Scripture messianically. That is, they both tend to 'disambiguate' messianic texts. The Targums most often do this through the use of the title 'the messiah,' while the NT applies messianic texts to Jesus. After discussing the dating of the Targums, the article examines the synagogue tradition common to the Targums and the NT, and works through examples of similar exegetical practice as applied to various OT messianic texts (Gen 1:1; 3:15; 49:1, 8-12; Num 24:17; Isa 52:13--53:12; Mic 5:1).

Keywords

targums, Biblical studies, New Testament

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