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The Book of Jubilees is a Jewish book from the 2nd century BCE that presents the narrative of Genesis and Exodus 1—20 by retelling many of the stories in these books from a different perspective. Included in the collection of Jewish works known as the Pseudepigrapha, it has been known in the West only since thes, when European travelers acquired manuscripts from monasteries in Ethiopia and transported some of them to European locations. Preliminary studies of these manuscripts led scholars to believe that they were texts of a book previously known from citations from early Christian literature in Greek, fragments of which had been collected and published in the s. Even before the discovery of Hebrew manuscripts at Qumran, it was argued that the book had been written in Hebrew and then translated into Greek; from the Greek, translations were made into Syriac, Latin, and Ethiopic.

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The Book of Jubilees is a Jewish book from the 2nd century BCE that presents the narrative of Genesis and Exodus 1—20 by retelling many of the stories in these books from a different perspective. Included in the collection of Jewish works known as the Pseudepigrapha, it has been known in the West only since thes, when European travelers acquired manuscripts from monasteries in Ethiopia and transported some of them to European locations.

Preliminary studies of these manuscripts led scholars to believe that they were texts of a book previously known from citations from early Christian literature in Greek, fragments of which had been collected and published in the s. Even before the discovery of Hebrew manuscripts at Qumran, it was argued that the book had been written in Hebrew and then translated into Greek; from the Greek, translations were made into Syriac, Latin, and Ethiopic.

In Jubilees, however, the author recounts a revelation to Moses that came about quite differently: here, the angel of presence reads aloud to Moses the contents of the book from the heavenly tablets.

Related to these laws is the covenant between God and Israel; unlike the Torah which includes covenants addressed to Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and Moses , there appears to be only one covenant in this book, and it remains operative for all time.

Jubilees contains further novel aspects: the prominence of women in this era, the roles of the angels in the revelatory scheme, and the ideological and theological expressions in prayer and testamentary speeches. Since the discovery, publication, and translation of the book, scholars have generally considered it to be Jewish, from the last centuries BCE or the first centuries CE. Frey offered French readers a helpful introduction without arguing for composition in any particular group.

After discovery of Jubilees manuscripts at Qumran, Testuz linked the book to Essene groups. A more general Second Temple context was stressed in Sanders , where the focus was the Jewish milieu of the Pauline writings. VanderKam and VanderKam show that discovery of manuscripts of Jubilees at Qumran expands scholarly understanding of the book. The connections to Enoch traditions are stressed in Nickelsburg and also in VanderKam Crawford reminds readers that Jubilees predates the Qumran community and thus influenced the ways it read and interpreted scripture.

Charles, R. Oxford: Clarendon, Charles described the book as a Pharisaic composition, written in Hebrew between and BCE , to counter the influence of Hellenism. His presentation is important because of the great influence it exerted on the study of Jubilees.

Crawford, Sidnie White. Rewriting Scripture in Second Temple Times. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, Jubilees is presented in this book as a text known before the Dead Sea discoveries that held scriptural status in the Qumran community.

See especially the introduction, pp. Frey, J. Edited by Louis Pirot, — This comprehensive study of introductory issues dates the book to the middle of the 2nd century BCE. Frey resists the temptation to assign authorship to a particular sectarian Jewish group. Nickelsburg, George W. Jewish Literature between the Bible and the Mishnah.

Minneapolis: Fortress, Argues that Jubilees offers another example of the interpretation of the Bible, and it is closely related to reformist groups responsible for parts of 1 Enoch. In this clear, concise presentation, the author stresses topics such as halakhah, instruction, encouragement, and warnings.

See pp. Sanders, E. Paul and Palestinian Judaism. Philadelphia: Fortress, Sanders treats topics such as election, the commandments, salvation, and the Gentiles in a work that significantly affected the study of Paul.

Testuz, Michel. Geneva, Switzerland: Droz, This classic study of Jubilees, undertaken before the full impact of Qumran discoveries was known, describes its angelology, eschatology, determinism, and exclusivism. Testuz relates its ideas to an Essene group in the final years of John Hyrcanus, c. VanderKam, James. Edited by David Noel Freedman, — Garden City, NY: Doubleday, VanderKam, James C.

Edited by Lawrence H. Schiffman and James C. VanderKam, — New York: Oxford University Press, The Book of Jubilees. An excellent introduction, covering its discovery, textual tradition, historical details, the contents of the book, and an overview of significant topics of research e.

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The text was also utilized by the community that originally collected the Dead Sea Scrolls. No complete Greek or Latin version is known to have survived, but the Ge'ez version has been shown to be an accurate translation of the versions found in the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Book of Jubilees claims to present "the history of the division of the days of the Law, of the events of the years, the year-weeks, and the jubilees of the world" as revealed to Moses in addition to the Torah or "Instruction" by angels while he was on Mount Sinai for forty days and forty nights. There is also a preserved fragment of a Latin translation of the Greek that contains about a quarter of the whole work. Passages in the texts of Jubilees that are directly parallel to verses in Genesis do not directly reproduce either of the two surviving manuscript traditions. Charles had deduced that the Hebrew original had used an otherwise unrecorded text for Genesis and for the early chapters of Exodus , one independent either of the Masoretic text or of the Hebrew text that was the basis for the Septuagint.

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