The Book of Jubilees

The Book of Jubilees

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The Book of Jubilees and Holy Bible

The Book of Jubilees, most likely written within the 2nd century B.C.E., is an account of the Biblical history of the world from creation to Moses. It is divided into intervals ('Jubilees') of 49 years. For probably the most part the narrative follows the acquainted account in Genesis, but with some extra particulars such as the names of Adam and Eve's daughters, and an lively position for a demonic entity known as 'Mastema'. The anonymous author had a preoccupation with calendar reform, and uses Jubilees as a platform for proposing a photo voltaic calendar of 364 days and 12 months; this is able to have been a radical departure from the Jewish Calendar, which is lunar-based. There are also a couple of messianic, apocalyptic passages, though quite a bit less than the Book of Enoch.

The solely full model of the Book of Jubilees is in Ethiopian, though giant fragments in Greek, Latin and Syriac are also recognized. It is believed that it was originally written in Hebrew. If at occasions one gets the impression that you are reading a first draft of Genesis, you're in good firm. R.H. Charles, the translator, a distinguished educational Biblical scholar, concluded that Jubilees was a version of the Pentateuch, written in Hebrew, components of which later turned integrated into the earliest Greek version of the Jewish Bible, the Septuagint.

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