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By James L. Kugel

The 1st a part of this booklet is an in depth verse-by-verse remark at the e-book of Jubilees. Kugel's acknowledged objective is "to comprehend what the textual content is announcing and why it's announcing it," and particularly 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 chance that Jubilees had a couple of writer, in addition to at the ebook 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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It has been chosen for this privilege because, though technically human, Israel is also holy and thus altogether different from other peoples. See below. God therefore says He will sanctify one people as I sanctified the 65 This section (Jub. :–) is partially preserved in Q col. . commentary  sabbath day: these words were apparently omitted in Q, col. :,66 but they were important: see below on :. :: I have chosen67 the descendants [Heb òøæ, seed] of Jacob from among all those whom I have [fore]seen.

In part this is because the two authors did agree on a number of basic issues (which is probably one reason why the Interpolator spent the effort he did on “correcting” parts of Jubilees rather than writing an entirely new book). But one must also credit the Interpolator with having gone about his work with some care and even artistry. Moreover, although the number of insertions by the Interpolator is rather large, they still constitute only a small percentage of the overall book; Jubilees remains overwhelmingly the work of its original author.

Note that the Interpolator’s summary in : (“The Lord gave a a holy festal day to all His creation”) is precisely the opposite of the original author’s point, which was that the sabbath was not given to all creation but was designed to be celebrated only by God and the top two classes of angels, as well as, on earth, by one people alone, Israel. 72  chapter one transition to the subject that really interests him (and that was not at all included in the original author’s explanation of the sabbath), namely, the rules for keeping the sabbath and the punishment for their violation.

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