By James L. Kugel

ISBN-10: 9004217681

ISBN-13: 9789004217683

ISBN-10: 9004221107

ISBN-13: 9789004221109

The 1st a part of this publication is an intensive verse-by-verse observation at the publication of Jubilees. Kugel's acknowledged goal is "to comprehend what the textual content is asserting and why it really is asserting it," and specifically to discover the various bits of biblical interpretation present in Jubilees and their connection to different exegetical writings of the second one Temple interval. next chapters specialize in the prospect that Jubilees had a couple of writer, in addition to at the booklet s particular dating to 4 different moment Temple texts: the Genesis Apocryphon, the Aramaic Levi rfile, 4Q225 Pseudo-Jubilees, and the writings of Philo of Alexandria."

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This particular angel of the presence is apparently the angel, the one often chosen by God for special tasks, such 44 [í]éðåøçà[ä] in Q col. :. I believe this last phrase may be a mistake, the scribe having written the common phrase íìåò ãò and then corrected himself with the words immediately following, øùà ãò ãøà. If not, one is left with the troubling assertion that the chronological history of Jubilees runs “until eternity,” which of course it does not. The only alternative is to understand the author to be saying that the series of jubilees whose significant arrangement is attested in the Torah and the Book of Warning does indeed run “until eternity,” even if Jubilees covers only a small segment thereof.

This is as specific as Jubilees’ author ever gets with regard to later history; cf. ch.  below. e. My laws, Q : éúå÷ç], My commandments, and My covenantal festivals (Q, col. : has éãòåî éúéøá, not a biblical phrase): Jubilees may be alluding to the covenants God established with Israel’s ancestors and which—according to Jubilees—were the basis for such later festivals as Weeks and Booths. The sins that are listed next, making high places (úåîá) and [sacred] groves (úåøùà) are stereotypical sins mentioned in Scripture (Deut :, :); it seems unlikely that these were a real problem in Jubilees’ day.

The phrase Then we [angels] saw His works and blessed Him is likewise paralleled in Q “Hymn to the Creator,” where the point of this remark is made explicit, “since He showed them what they had not know,” that is, the angels were mere spectators and not active participants. ::61 On the third day God created the garden of Eden [which is] in Eden for enjoyment and for food: Was “Eden” a description of the kind of garden it was, a garden of luxuriating (since ïãò can mean “luxuriate” 58 The phrase “thunders and lightnings” is found both in Eth and Epiphanius, but impossible in Q :; cf.

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