By James L. Kugel
The 1st a part of this publication is an in depth verse-by-verse statement at the e-book of Jubilees. Kugel's said target is "to comprehend what the textual content is asserting and why it really is asserting 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 concentrate on the chance that Jubilees had multiple writer, in addition to at the e-book s particular dating to 4 different moment Temple texts: the Genesis Apocryphon, the Aramaic Levi rfile, 4Q225 Pseudo-Jubilees, and the writings of Philo of Alexandria."
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Still later, it went on to influence (sometimes unwitting) commentators and homilists on the book of Genesis in subsequent centuries of the common era; indeed, its message of renewed hope and a returning to God continued to speak to generations of readers. About This Commentary The purpose of this commentary, as its title implies, is to walk the reader through the fifty chapters that make up the book of Jubilees. 21 My aim is far more modest: simply to proceed through the book, chapter by chapter, in an attempt to see the forest—what the text is basically saying and why it is saying it—without necessarily pausing at every tree.
25 This section (Jub. :– and –) is partially preserved in Q col. . 26 This is the date of the Festival of First Fruits and, quite apart from that, the fifteenth of any month is a significant day; see below on :, :–. 27 This led to the claim of certain “heretics” that Moses received only these Ten Commandments from God. See on this J. Kugel, Traditions of the Bible (hereafter: Traditions) (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, ), –, –. chapter one to state clearly that Moses was given many more than those ten.
52 As with frag. , it is not clear if frag. of Q is an exact quote from Jubilees and not some rough citation thereof. However, its mention of “from the creatio[n]” in line supports the reading proposed in the previous note, and the mention of Jerusalem in line would accord well with a similar mention in Jub. :; see below on :. 51 äøåúì äàéøáä ïî] íéðùä commentary Chapter God Creates the World in Six Days ::53 Reviewing and fleshing out the account of the creation in Genesis , the angel starts off with the flat assertion that in six days the Lord God completed all His works: This explicitly rules out the possibility that God’s creation might have continued on into the seventh day, as would seem to be implied by Gen :, “On the seventh day God finished His work …” In fact, Jubilees here appears to be “correcting” Gen :, as if it should have said: “On the sixth day the Lord God finished all His work …” For that reason, the scribe of the surviving Jubilees fragment Q col.
A Walk Through Jubilees: Studies in the Book of Jubilees and the World of Its Creation by James L. Kugel