The Book of Jubilees: Translation of Early Jewish and Palestinian Texts (Forgotten Books)

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"The Book of Jubilees, probably written in the 2nd century B.C., is an account of the Biblical history of the world from creation to Moses. It is divided into periods ('Jubilees') of 49 years. For the most part the narrative follows the familiar account in Genesis, but with some additional details such as the names of Adam and Eve's daughters, and an active role for a demonic entity called 'Mastema'. The anonymous author had a preoccupation with calendar reform, and uses Jubilees as a platform for proposing a solar calendar of 364 days and 12 months; this would have been a radical departure from the Jewish Calendar, which is lunar-based. There are also a couple of messianic, apocalyptic passages, although quite a bit less than the Book of Enoch.

The only complete version of Jubilees is in Ethiopian, although large fragments in Greek, Latin and Syriac are also known. It is believed that it was originally written in Hebrew. If at times one gets the impression that you are reading a first draft of Genesis, you are in good company. R.H. Charles, the translator, a distinguished academic Biblical scholar, concluded that Jubilees was a version of the Pentateuch, written in Hebrew, parts of which later became incorporated into the earliest Greek version of the Jewish Bible, the Septuagint." (Quote from sacred-texts.com)

Table of Contents:

Publisher's Preface; Editors' Preface; Introduction; Prologue; God's Revelation To Moses On Mount Sinai; God Commands The Angel To Write (i. 27-29); The Angel Dictates To Moses The PrimÆval History: The Creation Of The World And Institution Of The Sabbath (ii. 1-33; Cf. Gen. I.-ii. 3); Paradise And The Fall (iii. 1-35; Cf. Gen. ii. 4-iii.); Cain And Abel (iv. 1-12; Cf. Gen. iv.); The Patriarchs From Adam To Noah (cf. Gen. V.); Life Of Enoch; Death Of Adam And Gain (iv. 13-33); The Fall Of The Angels And Their Punishment; The Deluge Foretold (v. 1-20; Cf. Gen. vi. 1-12); The Building Of The Ark; The Flood (v. 21-32; Cf. Gen. vi. 13-viii. 19); Noah's Sacrifice; God's Covenant With Him (cf. Gen. viii. 20-ix. 17). Instructions To Moses About Eating Of Blood, The Feast Of Weeks, Etc., And Division Of The Year (vi. 1-38); Noah Offers Sacrifice; The Cursing Of Canaan (cf. Gen. ix. 20-28): Noah's Sons And Grandsons (cf. Gen. X.) And Their Cities. Noah's Admonitions (vii. 1-39); Genealogy Of The Descendants Of Shem: Noah And His Sons Divide The Earth (viii. 1-30; Cf. Gen. X.); Subdivision Of The Three Portions Amongst The Grandchildren: Oath Taken By Noah's Sons (ix. 1-15; Cf. Gen. X. Partly); Noah's Sons Led Astray By Evil Spirits; Noah's Prayer; MastÊmÂ; Death Of Noah (x. 1-17; Cf. Gen. ix. 28); The Tower Of Babel And The Confusion Of Tongues (x. 18-27; Cf. Gen. xi. 1-9); The Children Of Noah Enter Their Districts Canaan Seizes Palestine Wrongfully; Madai Receives Media (x. 28-36); The History Of The Patriarchs From Reu To Abraham (cf. Gen. xi, 20-30); The Corruption Of The Human Race (xi. 1-15); Abram's Knowledge Of God And Wonderful Deeds (xi. 16-24); Abram Seeks To Convert Terah From Idolatry; The Family Of Terah (cf. Gen. xi. 27-30). Abram Burns The Idols. Death Of Haran (cf. Gen. xi. 28) (xii. 1-14); The Family Of Terah In Haran; Abram's Experiences There; His Journey To Canaan (xii. 15-31; Cf. Gen. xi, 31-xii. 3); Abram With Lot In Canaan And Egypt (cf. Gen. xii. 4-20). Abram Separates From Lot (cf. Gen. xiii. 11-18) (xiii. 1-21); The Campaign Of Chedorlaomer (xiii. 22-29; Cf. Gen. xiv.); God's Covenant With Abram (xiv. 1-20; Cf. Gen. xv.); The Birth Of Ishmael (xiv. 21-24; Cf. Gen. xvi. 1-4. 11); The Feast Of First-fruits Circumcision Instituted. The Promise Of Isaac's Birth. Circumcision Ordained For All Israel (xv. 1-34; Cf. Gen. xvii.); Angelic visitation Of Abraham In Hebron; Promise Of Isaac's Birth Repeated. The Destruction Of Sodom And Lot's Deliverance (xvi. 1-9; Cf. Gen. xviii.-xix.); Abraham At Beersheba. Birth And Circum

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Also known as "the Little Genesis," the Book of Jubilees is an apocryphal book of the Old Testament that retells the book of Genesis and part of Exodus, as told to Moses on Mount Sinai by the "angel of presence."

Originally written in Hebrew around 100 BC and presented here in a translation by British scholar R. H. CHARLES (1855-1931) first published in 1917, this fascinating "lost" text is considered by many Jewish scholars to be an essential defense of traditional Judaism and of the need to maintain a separate Jewish life and culture. Students of early biblical literature will want to read this foundational text.

About the Author:

R.H. Charles was a noted theologian and scholar with many of his reference works remaining in print today and still of superlative scholarly value. His book, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament in English remains a relevant work due mainly to his superior editorial skills. He died in 1931.

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