By James L. Kugel
The 1st a part of this publication is an in depth verse-by-verse statement at the publication of Jubilees. Kugel's acknowledged goal is "to comprehend what the textual content is asserting and why it really is asserting 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 concentrate on the chance that Jubilees had a couple of 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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Below. e. My laws, Q : éúå÷ç], My commandments, and My covenantal festivals (Q, col. : has éãòåî éúéøá, not a biblical phrase): Jubilees may be alluding to the covenants God established with Israel’s ancestors and which—according to Jubilees—were the basis for such later festivals as Weeks and Booths. The sins that are listed next, making high places (úåîá) and [sacred] groves (úåøùà) are stereotypical sins mentioned in Scripture (Deut :, :); it seems unlikely that these were a real problem in Jubilees’ day.
68 Further: Traditions, –; J. Kugel, “Q: ‘The Prayer of Enosh’ and Ancient Biblical Interpretation” DSD (), –; also L. Doering, “The Concept of the Sabbath in the Book of Jubilees” in M. Albani, J. Frey, and A. ), Studies in the Book of Jubilees (TSAJ ; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, ) –. C. Tigchelaar, “Sabbath Halakhah and Worship in Q Ways of Righteousness” RevQ (): –. But Philo of Alexandria seems the first to connect the two unequivocally: Moses is said to have “required them [the Jews] to assemble in the same place on these seventh days (Sabbaths) and, sitting together in a respectful and orderly manner, hear the laws read so that none should be ignorant of them.
It may be, therefore, that the additional material in later sources was added because the failure to mention them seemed to these sources a striking omission in Jubilees. Note that Midrash Tadshe, a minor midrashic composition that apparently borrowed heavily from Jubilees, does make this connection, asserting that the twenty-two things created in the first week “correspond to the letters of the alphabet and the generations from Adam until the arrival of Jacob” (“Midrash Tadshe” in Bet ha-Midrasch vol.
A Walk Through Jubilees: Studies in the Book of Jubilees and the World of Its Creation by James L. Kugel