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The Prayer Of Moses (1:19–21)

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According to the narrative frame of Jubilees, Moses ascended Mount Sinai in order to receive additional tablets. Prior to the giving of these tablets, God describes the Israelites’ future sins, and envisions that only after a lengthy period oftime, during which he will inflict various punishments upon them, will they repent and thus be rewarded. The Moses’ prayer in Deuteronomy 9 addresses the Israelites’ expected punishment for their previous misdeeds, and therefore Moses requests that God pardon them. In contrast, Moses’ prayer in Jub. 1 is preventative: he refers to the future, and beseeches God to preclude Israel from sinning. Moses’ expression of concern regarding Belial contains three elements: (i) “May the spirit of Belial not rule over them”; (ii) “so as to bring charges against them before you”; (iii) “to trap them away from every proper path so that they may be destroyed from your presence”.

Keywords: Belial; Deuteronomy; God; Israel; Jubilees; Moses’ prayer; Mount Sinai



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