‘Rav Yoseph Said … As We Translate’: On the Contribution of Translation to Talmudic Discourse

In: Aramaic Studies
Author: Willem Smelik1
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  • 1 University College London, UK
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The role of Aramaic translations for the argument of Talmudic discourse has rarely been analysed. This essay charts the way translations are used in connection with the animal hides used to manufacture the Tabernacle’s tent cover. The examples include marked, unmarked, anonymous and ascribed quotations of translations. The use of translation is sometimes pivotal but highly subject to change. Rav Yoseph’s translation in b. Shab. 28a originally served as an objection, but has been placed in a new co-text. It still performs a more than peripheral role for the flow and turn of argument in the Talmudic discourse.

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