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The Watchers Story ( Jubilees 5)

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The purpose of the Watchers story in Jubilees 5 is not to explain the existence of evil in the world. Instead, the story functions as a paradigm for the observance of the commandments, and emphasizes the punishment awaiting anyone who fails to follow the proper path set for them by God. The story has thus undergone a transformation from a myth that explains the wretched state of this world to a story that suggests a juridical view of how this world is managed—YHWH functions as a righteous judge who acts according to predetermined rules. The understanding of the literary development of the diverse traditions that have been integrated in 1 Enoch will enable us to discuss in detail the different difficulties, and to suggest a comprehensive explanation for the development of the story in Jub. 5.

Keywords: Enoch; God; Jubilees; Watchers Story



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