A Walk Through Jubilees: Studies in the Book of Jubilees and the World of Its Creation

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BRILL, Mar 2, 2012 - Religion - 434 pages
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The first part of this book is an extensive verse-by-verse commentary on the Book of Jubilees. Kugel's stated aim is "to understand what the text is saying and why it is saying it," and in particular to explore the numerous bits of biblical interpretation found in Jubilees and their connection to other exegetical writings of the Second Temple period. Subsequent chapters focus on the possibility that Jubilees had more than one author, as well as on the book s specific relationship to four other Second Temple texts: the Genesis Apocryphon, the Aramaic Levi Document, 4Q225 Pseudo-Jubilees, and the writings of Philo of Alexandria.
 

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Contents

Preface
iii
Abbreviations
v
An Exegetical Commentary
ix
Chapter Two The Sources of Torah in the Book of Jubilees
359
Chapter Three The Contradictions in the Book of Jubilees
365
Chapter Four Divine Names and Epithets in the Book of Jubilees
365
Chapter Five Which Is Older Jubilees or the Genesis Apocryphon?
365
Chapter Six How Old is the Aramaic Levi Document?
365
Chapter Seven Exegetical Notes on 4Q225 PseudoJubilees
365
Chapter Eight Jubilees Philo and the Problem of Genesis
391
Scriptural Index
407
Subject Index
418
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James Kugel, Starr Professor of Hebrew Literature (emeritus) at Harvard University, is a specialist in the Hebrew Bible and Jewish writings of the Second Temple period. His books include "The Idea of Biblical Poetry, In Potiphar s House," "The Bible As It Was," "The God of Old," "The Ladder of Jacob," and "How to Read the Bible."

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