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Book of Jubilees, The

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The Book of Jubilees, or, as it is sometimes called, "the Little Genesis", purports to be a revelation given by God to Moses through the medium of the Angel of the Presence.

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Before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Book of Jubilees existed in an Ethiopic translation of a Greek translation in four manuscripts dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. There also existed some fragmentary quotations of a Greek translation of Jubilees and a Latin translation of a Greek translation covering about a quarter of the work.

Between 1947 and 1956 fragments of at least fourteen copies of the Book of Jubilees were found in caves 1, 2, 3, 4 and 11 at Qumran, all written in Hebrew, no doubt the original language (1Q17-18; 2Q19-20; 3Q5; 4Q216-24; 4Q482; 11Q12). The fragments of the original Hebrew text that have turned up at Qumran represent only a small portion of the complete text and so generally only are of limited use in determining the original Hebrew of important words and phrases in the Ethiopic translation. Nevertheless, comparing it to what does remain of the original Hebrew, it is clear that the Ethiopic translation is accurate and tends to be literalistic.

Given the fact that at least fourteen copies of it have been identified from the Qumran caves, it is clear that Jubilees was a popular and probably authoritative text to some degree for the community, which may imply that the Qumran sectarians took seriously the text’s claim to be divine revelation mediated to Moses by the angel of the Presence.

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"This important holy book sheds new light on Judaism and early Christianity. Was written between 250 BC and AD 100 by one or more Hellenistic Jews, and reflects a form of Jewish mystical thought at about the time of Christ. Retells much of the Old Testament, but includes additional material not mentioned in the Bible. Relies heavily on The Book of Enoch, which was, like this book, translated from the Ethiopic. Covers Adam and Eve, the Fall of Man, Cain and Abel, the fall of the angels and their punishment, the deluge foretold, the ark and the flood, the tower of Babel and confusion of tongues, evil spirits, corruption of the human race, God’s covenant, the Messianic Kingdom, Jacob’s visions, prophetic dreams, more."      ~The Book Tree

"Writing in the palmiest days of the Maccabean dominion, in the high-priesthood of John Hyrcanus, looked for the immediate advent of the Messianic kingdom. This kingdom was to be ruled over by a Messiah sprung, not from Levi - that is, from the Maccabean family, as some of his contemporaries expected - but from Judah. This kingdom would be gradually realized on earth, and the transformation of physical nature would go hand in hand with the ethical transformation of man till there was a new heaven and a new earth. Thus, finally, all sin and pain would disappear and men would live to the age of 1,000 years in happiness and peace, and after death enjoy a blessed immortality in the spirit world."        ~R.H. Charles

Excerpt
"And in the sixth week, in the fifth year thereof, Abram sat up throughout the night on the new moon of the seventh month to observe the stars from the evening to the morning, in order to see what would be the character of the year with regard to the rains, and he was alone as he sat and observed.

And a word came into his heart and he said: All the signs of the stars, and the signs of the moon and of the sun are all in the hand of the Lord. Why do I search (them) out? If He desires, He causes it to rain, morning and evening; And if He desires, He withholds it, And all things are in his hand.'

And he prayed that night and said, 'My God, God Most High, Thou alone art my God, And Thee and Thy dominion have I chosen. And Thou hast created all things, And all things that are the work of thy hands. Deliver me from the hands of evil spirits who have dominion over the thoughts of men's hearts, And let them not lead me astray from Thee, my God. And establish Thou me and my seed for ever That we go not astray from henceforth and for evermore.'

And he said, 'Shall I return unto Ur of the Chaldees who seek my face that I may return to them, am I to remain here in this place? The right path before Thee prosper it in the hands of Thy servant that he may fulfill (it) and that I may not walk in the deceitfulness of my heart, O my God.' And he made an end of speaking and praying, and behold the word of the Lord was sent to him through me, saying: 'Get thee up from thy country, and from thy kindred and from the house of thy father unto a land which I will show thee, and I shall make thee a great and numerous nation."       ~Chapter 12, 16-22

Editor Charles, R.H.
Author Moses
Translator Charles, R.H.
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 224 pp.
Publisher The Book Tree 2003
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