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The Origin Of Evil In The World

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The existence of evil in the world poses a serious theological problem for anyone who believes in a single, omnipotent and omniscient god who is completely good. The solution to the problem of the existence of evil can therefore be found in one of two approaches: either God is not completely good, and is therefore responsible for both good and evil, or he is either not omnipotent or not omniscient. Regarding the question of the origin of evil, Jubilees is seemingly characterized by the tendency to attribute evil to an outside force or being, thus defending God’s goodness. This chapter demonstrates the study of the ideas and beliefs of Jubilees in general is significant for the study of Jewish thought in the late Second Temple period, as well as for the analysis of the literary development of the book in its entirety.

Keywords: evil; God; Jubilees ; theological problem



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