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A Walk Through Jubilees: Studies in the Book of Jubilees and by James L. Kugel

By James L. Kugel

The 1st a part of this ebook is an intensive verse-by-verse remark at the e-book of Jubilees. Kugel's said goal is "to comprehend what the textual content is announcing and why it truly is announcing 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 concentrate on the chance that Jubilees had multiple writer, in addition to at the publication 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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He is particularly disturbed at the thought that the nations will rule over Israel (in the author’s own time, the Greeks and their Hellenized followers), since they will further lead Israel astray. 42 Wicked angels were, for the author of Jubilees along with other Jews of this period, a constant source of danger; they could infiltrate people’s minds, leading them astray or even driving them mad. , heart): a further medley of biblical phrases: Deut :; Ps :; Hos :; Deut :; Lev :; Deut :; Exod :; Ps :; Jer :, :; Deut :.

Thus, the “Festival of Oaths” had nothing to do with humans counting—in fact, the Interpolator asserts, this festival had been celebrated in heaven long before human beings began celebrating it. All this bespeaks his own, particular mentality. Such positions put him at odds with the school of ancient Judaism known variously as that of the Pharisees, the “sages,” “elders,” and so forth—a close spiritual ancestor of rabbinic Judaism. In the Interpolator’s comments there is a clear anti-Pharisaic note.

Since everything was created in six days, with no work being left over for the seventh (as one might suppose from the ambiguous wording of Gen :, “On the seventh day God finished the work …”—see above on :), anyone who, unlike God, does not finish working on the sixth day, but does any work on the sabbath or in some other way would defile it is to be punished by death. :–:73 Now you [Moses] command the Israelites: one of the Interpolator’s signature phrases. Here he details the specific prohibitions of work on the sabbath as he knew them.

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