Offprint from:Fox et al., ed., Mishneh Todah: Studies in Deuteronomy and ItsCultural Environment in Honor of Jeffrey H. Tigayç Copyright 2009 Eisenbrauns. All rights reserved.157The Lost Meaning of Deuteronomy 33:2as Preserved in the Palestinian Targumto the DecalogueRichard C. Steiner and Sid Z. LeimanYeshiva University and Brooklyn CollegeThis essay is a sequel to a previous article by one of the present writers,which claims to recover the lost meaning of wml tdça wnymym in Deut 33:2. 1That article∑ argued that tD; is a contraction of the verb ta:D;* ‘she/it flew’—an archaicfeminine perfect (cf. tc...[: in Lev 25:21) from the root y-a-d ‘fly’ (cf. ha<d]yiin Deut 28:49) agreeing with çaE, its feminine subject;∑ equated the contraction (elision of ªalep) exhibited by tD; to that exhib-ited by t/Bri ‘myriads’ in Neh 7:70 (contrast t/a/Bri in Dan 11:12);∑ compared tD; with tB: ‘she came’—a form that occurs in one of the earli-est and most important rabbinic manuscripts, the Vatican manus...