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Interpretation As Primordial Writing: Jubilees And Its Authority Conferring Strategies

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This chapter focuses on Jubilees' modes of self-authorization. It argues that studying the four authority conferring strategies will shed light both on the details of the rich interpretations embedded in Jubilees and on the more general Second Temple phenomena known as pseudepigraphy and rewritten Bible. Furthermore, what justifies each of the four strategies - thus what unites them and reveals a deep aspect of Jubilees - is a connection between the claim to authority and the already authoritative sacred writing of the Torah of Moses. The chapter examines the broader context of Jubilees' complex configuration of authority conferring strategies in order to understand the nature of Jubilees' claim to interpretive authority. It provides examples that demonstrate the authoritative role of writing in Jubilees, a role that is integral to every aspect of Jubilees. It then considers the four distinct authority conferring strategies, showing how each is dependent upon the authority of writing.

Keywords: authority conferring strategies; Jubilees; pseudepigraphy; rewritten Bible; Second Temple phenomena; Torah



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