The Bible in Aramaic, Vol. 1

Based on Old Manuscripts and Printed Texts. Vols I-III

In 1924, Professor Sperber graduated from Bonn University with a dissertation on "Das Propheten-Targum in seinem Verhältnis zum masoretischen Text". He was then invited to prepare a critical edition of the Targum. Thus Professor Sperber began an immense task.
The Bible in Aramaic is the fruit of more than forty years of study, during which he made innumerable trips to various countries in order to visit libraries and examine manuscripts. The first part of the Bible in Aramaic appeared in 1959. Needless to say that this work is indispensable for students of the Old Testament. Let the reviews that have accumulated over the years speak for themselves.

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'It is already evident...that the publication of this major edition of the Targum is an important event in the history of Biblical and Aramaic studies.'
Booklist of the Society for Old Testament Study, 1960.
'Im übrigen erfüllt diese Textausgabe nicht nur ein dringendes Bedürfnis, sondern scheint auch, soweit sie überhaupt überprüfbar war angesichts der Auswahl der benutzten Unterlagen aus den vielen untersuchten Handschriften und Drucken sowie des klaren und sorgfältigen Drucks alles Zutrauen zu verdienen...'
Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, 1960.
'...une oeuvre qui est appelée à rendre, pendant longtemps, les plus grands services aux exégètes de la Bible hébraïque...'
A. Guillaumont, Revue de l'Histoire des Religions, 1962.
'For the specialist, they provide considerable interest...the repository of what official Judaism considered the normative interpretation of a verse in question... It is the Semitic philologist...who will find Dr. Sperber's volumes indispensable...'
Frank Zimmermann, Jewish Social Studies, 1962.
Three volumes in one part:
I. The Pentateuch according to Targum Onkelos. 1959.
II.The former prophets according to Targum Jonathan. 1959.
III.The latter prophets according to Targum Jonathan. 1962.