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‘To the moles’? A note on Isaiah 2:20

The corrupt Masoretic reading לַחְפֹּר פֵּרוֹת at Isa 2:20 is usually restored as לַחֲפַרְפָּרוֹת, which is interpreted as ‘to the moles’. The alternative interpretation of לחפרפרות as ‘to the bats’, first attested in Ibn Ezra, may in fact be preferable, as it is supported by the (previously ignored) evidence of the Fragmentary Targum, which use חפרפרא to translate Hebrew עֲטַלֵּף (‘bat’) at Deu 14:18.