Is this "Word", the Memra of God, if yes, why a different word is used instead of Memra?

Targum Jonathan Exodus 33:11

And the Lord spake with Moses word for word,- the voice of the Word (dibbura) was heard, but the Majesty of the Presence was not seen,- in the way that a man converseth with his companion.

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The word used in Targum Yonatan, דבורא, is translated as prophetic revelation according to Jastrow.

So following the word ממלל in his Targum are words explaining the meaning of the phrase פנים אל-פנים from the Hebrew text.

That Yonatan ben Uziel is explaining generally there are different levels of prophecy and this Hebrew phrase is referring to a specific level of prophecy.

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