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Noah'S Prayer (10:1–13)

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Charles suggested that Jubilees. 10:1–15, together with 7:20–39, were part of a lost composition, entitled either the Book of Noah or the Apocalypse of Noah. A parallel story to Jub. 10 appear in the introduction to a medieval medical text entitled The Book of Asaph the Physician. The version of the story in Asaph is thus dependent on the tradition in Jubilees. This chapter demonstrates that Noah’s testament in Jub. 7 and Noah’s prayer in Jub. 10 present two different versions of the story of the Watchers and their offspring. The descendants of the Watchers are also referred to as “spirits” in some of the traditions preserved in 1 Enoch. According to Jub. 10:5, Noah’s prayer in Jub. 10 seem to follow Enochic literature, which perceives the Watchers story as the primary reason for the existence of evil.

Keywords: Asaph; Charles; Enochic literature; Noah’s Prayer; Watchers story



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