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By James L. Kugel

The 1st a part of this ebook is an in depth verse-by-verse remark at the publication of Jubilees. Kugel's acknowledged objective is "to comprehend what the textual content is asserting and why it's 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 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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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, ), –. C. Martone, “Evil or Devil? Belial between the Bible and Qumran,” Henoch  () –.

God thought about the seed of Jacob in connection with the very first sabbath, long before Jacob, Israel’s progenitor, even existed; in fact, it was then that He resolved to grant Jacob’s descendants the privilege of keeping the sabbath along with God and His top angels. In this sense, then, Israel’s “creation” goes back to the first week in history—so of course they deserve to be called God’s “firstborn”! 68 :: On the sabbath, Israel is to eat and drink and bless: Jubilees bears witness to the tradition (not found in Scripture itself) that the sabbath is to be a day of feasting and prayer.

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.

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