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The Testament Of Noah (7:20–39)

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The Testament of Noah appears in Jubilees. 7:20–39 following the story of Noah’s planting of the vineyard. Two characteristics demonstrate that this passage does indeed belong to the testamentary genre: the terminology, such as the verb “prescribe, command” at the beginning of the section, and the content, as Noah beseeches his sons to behave appropriately after his death. Similar to other compositions of the Second Temple period, Noah’s testament emphasizes the Watchers story and the resulting flood punishment, since they function as paradigms of sin and punishment. The myth of the sons of god and the women plays a similar role in Noah’s testament in Jub. 7, as the Watchers episode is adduced following a list of laws that Noah implored his sons to observe. 1 Enoch 16:1 and Jub. 7 both preserve a complex tradition: Watchers → Giants → Spirits.

Keywords: Enoch; Jubilees; Noah’s testament; Spirits; Watchers story



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