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The Akedah And The Festivals Of Passover/ Unleavened Bread (17:15–18:19)

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The rewritten version of the Akedah story in Jubilees. 17:15–18:19 describes that the idea of testing Abraham did not originate with God, but rather with another character, Prince Mastema; the Lord only approved his idea. In contrast to the biblical Akedah story, the rewritten version in Jub. 17–18 presents the Lord as completely good. One aim of the rewritten version of the Akedah story in Jubilees, therefore, is theological, in order to transform the Lord into an omniscient God, who is also completely good. The rewritten Akedah story in Jubilees foreshadows the pentateuchal Passover law by dating the event to the fourteenth of the first month, and by adding the motif of Isaac as a firstborn. In contrast, the legal passage dates Abraham’s journey to the dates of the festival of Unleavened Bread.

Keywords: Abraham; Akedah story; God; Isaac; Jubilees; pentateuchal Passover law; Prince Mastema; unleavened bread



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