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The end of the matter? Jubilees 50:6–13 and the unity of the book

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The Book of Jubilees has been regarded by most who have studied it as a literary unity. In response to Ernest Wiesenberg study, this chapter examines the numerous dates in Jubilees and the author's explanation of the entire system in Jub.50:2-5. The author agrees that there are indeed a number of mistakes or inconsistencies in the book but thought that "all of them are explicable in simpler ways than assuming sundry editions of the book. As with Testuz's theory, one of the problems that besets Davenport's thesis is the lack of any objective indicator that redaction has indeed taken place. The chapter investigates a new hypothesis regarding the composition of the book specifically that the end of Jubilees, 50:6-13. It supplements Doering's case that Jub 50:6 -13 is a well integrated part of the unified Book of Jubilees.

Keywords: Davenport's thesis; Ernest Wiesenberg; Jubilees; Testuz

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