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The Actions Of Noah'S Sons

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The story in Jubilees. 11 relates to the transitional period from the days of Noah and his sons to Abraham’s lifetime. Jubilees 10 tell of Noah’s concerns over his sons’ behavior, and the continuation of this story describes their actions following his death: warfare, the taking of captives, bloodshed, the consumption of blood, and the construction of fortified cities, the establishment of the first monarchy, the capture of cities, and the sale of their inhabitants into slavery. Parallel to Jub. 11:5, Prince Mastema sends emissaries to harm humanity. The ravens and birds ate most of the fruit off the trees reducing the farmers to poverty. The human suffering caused by the birds is part of the problem of evil in the world-if the Lord is omnipotent and good, why does he allow for poverty to exist?.

Keywords: Abraham’s lifetime; Jubilees; Noah; Prince Mastema



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