By James L. Kugel
The 1st a part of this ebook is an in depth verse-by-verse remark at the e-book of Jubilees. Kugel's said objective is "to comprehend what the textual content is asserting and why it truly is announcing 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 multiple writer, in addition to at the ebook s particular courting to 4 different moment Temple texts: the Genesis Apocryphon, the Aramaic Levi record, 4Q225 Pseudo-Jubilees, and the writings of Philo of Alexandria."
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It just so happened that, according to Scripture, there was something else that God “blessed” and “made holy,” and that was the people of Israel (Deut : and ). –). 70 On the basis of the parallel texts in Epiphanius, Syncellus and Cedrenus, Charles suggested that there is a lacuna between v. and : it ought to have mentioned the twenty letters of the Hebrew alphabet and the twenty-books of the Hebrew Bible. He thus suggested that insertion after v. ” But Jubilees’ point is rather the opposite: since there were exactly twenty-two acts of creation in the six days, this proves that God was already calculating the creation of Jacob twenty-two generations after Adam.
21 commentary suppositions about the underlying Hebrew text or, occasionally, attempts to make the original author’s meaning clearer. ” But this term can also have the meaning of “testify” in Heb, and so was consistently mistranslated into Gk, and eventually Eth, in this sense. Consequently, when “testify” appears in the VanderKam translation in this sense, I have inserted a bracketed reference to the original Heb sense as follows: [better: warn]. , calculated from the time of the Creation).
A classic exegetical problem: The biblical narrative states that the first humans were made on the sixth day of creation (Gen :). After that came the first sabbath, and only after that comes the narrative of Adam and Eve (Gen –). But who were those first humans created in Gen :? One possibility was to see Gen – as a “flashback,” detailing how those first humans in Gen : had been created. As we have seen, the author of Jubilees followed this course, but only in part. Adam and 75 They are not the work of the Interpolator, bearing none of his “signature”; see Introduction and below, on :–.
A Walk Through Jubilees: Studies in the Book of Jubilees and the World of Its Creation by James L. Kugel