Custodians of the Divine Unity: A History of the Jewish Interpretation of נרדה and ונבלה in Genesis 11:7

Matthew Oseka

Abstract


The present paper examines the classic Jewish exposition of the plural verbs in Genesis 11:7 which relate to the divine name in Genesis 11:6. The Jewish interpretation of these plural forms recorded in the Targumim, the Babylonian Talmud, the midrashim, and in the writings of ancient and mediaeval Jewish scholars is situated against the Christian reading prevalent in antiquity and in the Middle Ages. Furthermore, theological presuppositions underlying the Jewish and Christian exegeses are identified and studied.


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plural verbs in Genesis 11:7; Targumim; the Babylonian Talmud; the midrashim

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