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The Chronological Redaction Of The Book Of Jubilees

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In addition to the legal redaction of the stories in Jubilees, which is expressed in the juxtaposition of legal passages to the rewritten stories, it is possible to identify a chronological redaction. Throughout this work, various events in Genesis and Exodus are dated in years from creation, using a triplet of numbers consisting of jubilee, week, and year. The chronological framework of jubilees and weeks is common to other works of the Second Temple period that divide world history into eras of predetermined length. Beyond the conceptual significance of the chronological framework for Jubilees, one can also identify its influence on the literary form of the work. The biblical stories are often reordered to maintain chronological continuity from creation to the revelation at Sinai. This chapter likes to suggest that the chronological framework was also superimposed upon extant rewritten stories.

Keywords: biblical stories; chronological redaction; Exodus; Genesis; Jubilees; Sinai



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