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Anatomy Of A Scene: Noah’S Covenant In Genesis Apocryphon XI

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The Genesis Apocryphon (GA) shares a number of motifs that are clearly major exegetical features in the context of 1 Enoch and Jubileesfor example the birth of Noah associated with the sin of the Watchers, a detailed chronology that associates the patriarchs with the festivals, geographical details of the promised landbut it is not clear whether their appearance in GA is due to particular exegetical interest or merely the incorporation of prior tradition. This chapter demonstrates that the author of GA was a careful reader and original exegete of Genesis, producing some significant and unique interpretations. It provides valuable insight to its distinctive interpretative concerns, since the two major interpretive motifs evident in the minutiae of the pericope about the covenant correspond to unique and deliberate reworkings of the larger context.

Keywords: Enoch; Genesis Apocryphon (GA); Noah



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