By James L. Kugel
The 1st a part of this ebook is an intensive verse-by-verse remark at the publication of Jubilees. Kugel's acknowledged goal is "to comprehend what the textual content is asserting and why it really is announcing it," and specifically 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 specialize 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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The Dead Sea Scrolls Fifty Years after their Discovery (Jerusalem: Israel Museum, ), –. C. Martone, “Evil or Devil? Belial between the Bible and Qumran,” Henoch () –. 43 This section (Jub. :–) is partially preserved in Q col. . chapter one creation of the world and the first humans) and the later things, íéðåøçàä44 (that is, the events that followed these, up to Moses’ own time)]. ) it means simply “later”; note the similar tri-partite division of time in Eccles :, where íéðåøçàä is again the middle term.
This was done on the Lord’s orders: that is to say, this book was related to Moses on God’s orders as [better: when] He told him that he should come up to the summit of the mountain. Chapter Moses Goes Up Mount Sinai in Order to Receive the Torah ::25 After this lengthy title, the book begins its narrative: During the first year of the Israelites’ exodus … in the third month on the sixteenth day: The Ten Commandments had already been proclaimed on the preceding day, the fifteenth;26 now God called to Moses alone to ascend the mountain to receive further instruction for forty days and nights (Exod :–).
But this potentially implied that the moon had some role in establishing when festivals would occur, as well as in determining the length of the year. ) So Jubilees’ author here is at pains to stress that Gen : was actually intended to say that the sun alone would determine the “months, festivals, years”; the moon’s sole function was to shine at night. The sun’s utter supremacy, Jubilees implies, is also reflected in the fact that all that sprouts [Q adds: “and grows”] on the earth does so with the help of the sun; moonlight will grow nothing.