By James L. Kugel
The 1st a part of this ebook is an intensive verse-by-verse statement at the publication of Jubilees. Kugel's said goal is "to comprehend what the textual content is announcing and why it truly is asserting it," and particularly to discover the varied bits of biblical interpretation present in Jubilees and their connection to different exegetical writings of the second one Temple interval. next chapters specialise in the prospect that Jubilees had a couple of writer, in addition to at the publication s particular dating 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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43 God further instructs Moses to write down what is first and what is last [better: to write down the earlier things (presumably, the 42 See D. , The Dead Sea Scrolls and Contemporary Culture: Proceedings of the International Conference held at the Israel Museum (July –, ) (Leiden: Brill, ) –; Dimant argues for a separation between Belial and the angel Mastema in Jubilees, viewing the former as a subaltern of the latter. See also: Annette Steudel, “God and Belial,” in L. , The Dead Sea Scrolls Fifty Years after their Discovery (Jerusalem: Israel Museum, ), –.
The foreign nations’] gods—the greatest of sins—and (this) will be an obstacle … an affliction (cf. Isa :) … and a trap, the same word (ù÷åî) used in Exod : and Deut :. :– God continues: Many will be destroyed. They will be captured: by the Babylonians. 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.
But Jubilees had three other arguments to solidify the connection between the creation and God’s choice of Israel. We have already seen that God’s announcement in Exod : that “Israel is my firstborn son” makes sense if Israel was indeed “conceived” in that first week. 70 Here was another stitch connecting Jacob’s “conception” with the creation. Finally, when God created the sabbath, He “blessed the seventh day and made it holy” (Gen :). 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 ).