Neofiti Exodus 29:46


40 According to this order you shall offer:h with one lamb a measure of fine flour saturated with a fourth of a hin of beaten oil, and a libation of a fourth of him of wine. 41 And you shall offer the second lamb at twilight; you shall offer it as the cereal offering of the morning lamb and as its libation. It shall be received as a pleasing odor, an offering before the Lord. 42 It shall be a continual holo caust throughout your generations at the door of the tent of meeting, before the Lord, where I will meet you, to speak with you there. 43 And I—my Memra—will meet the children of Israel there, and it will be sanctified within my Glory. 44 And I will sanctify the tent of meeting and the altar, and Aaron and his sons I will sanctify to minister before mer in the high priesthood. 45 And I will make my Shekinahs dwell in the midst of the children of Israel, and my Memra will be for them a redeeming God. 46 And they shall know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them forth out of the land of Egypt so that the Glory of my Shekinah might dwell among them. I the Lord, their God.

John 8:28

New Testament

21 Then Jesus said to them again, “I am going away, and you will look for me but will die in your sin. Where I am going you cannot come.” 22 So the Jewish leaders began to say, “Perhaps he is going to kill himself because he says, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’” 23 Jesus replied, “You people are from below; I am from above. You people are from this world; I am not from this world. 24 Thus I told you that you will die in your sins. For unless you believe that I am he, you will die in your sins.” 25 So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus replied, “What I have told you from the beginning. 26 I have many things to say and to judge about you, but the Father who sent me is truthful, and the things I have heard from him I speak to the world.” 27 (They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.) 28 Then Jesus said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and I do nothing on my own initiative, but I speak just what the Father taught me.

 Notes and References

"... We can also compare John 8:28 to similar sayings of Targum Neofiti where eight times in Exodus the Lord says, "you/they will know that I am he, the Lord", usually spoken by the divine Word (as in John 8:28) ... John 8:58 is often related directly to Exod 3:14, where the Hebrew is often interpreted "I am who I am" and the LXx translates with Èyó eiut. Such a nection would explain why the Jews took up stones. But as I argued in ch. 3, Exod 3:14 is better understood as "I will be who I have been, and Èyó eiu1 in John is more likely to be related to the divine "I am he of Deut 32:39 and Isaiah as well as the additional "I am he sayings in the Palistinian Targums ..."

Ronning, John L. The Jewish Targums and John's Logos Theology (pp. 209-210) Baker Academic, 2017

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