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The Quelle and the Targums. Righteousness in the Sermon on the Mount/Plain

2009, pp. 323.

The volume is a PhD dissertation approved by the Senate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem during the summer of 2007. It is an investigation of literary material of the Q Source in light of themes contained in some texts from the Aramaic Targums on the Pentateuch.

The author argues that some of the themes in the latter still contain literary and theological traces useful to detect the process of Q’s composition, the formation of its traditions, and the development of its theologies. The study of Q’s passages in light of a number of texts from the Aramaic Targums has identified a variety of traditions and theologies in the source common to Matthew and Luke. Before Q became a unitary written document, it may have had a varied and complex history that goes back to conflicting biblical interpretations inside the synagogue first, and vis-à-vis the synagogue later. The formation and composition of the Q traditions ― and of their Matthean redaction ― may have been made by scribes who were connected in some way among themselves, as well as to the synagogue and to the life and belief of some early communities of Jesus’ followers.

Pino Di Luccio, s.j., was born in Salerno (Italy) on July 15, 1967, and grew up in Acciaroli (Salerno). On October 13, 1986, he joined the Society of Jesus. After ordination as a priest on June 22, 1996, he completed his Jesuit formation in Mexico and Cuba and his academic studies leading to the licentiate at the Pontifical Biblical Institute of Rome, and a PhD at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since 2001 he has been teaching New Testament History at the Jerusalem branch of the Pontifical Biblical Institute and since 1999 Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible at the High School of Philosophy and Theology in Shkodër (Albania).