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Reconsidering Jubilees: Prophecy And Exemplarity

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It is very hard to determine the reception and dissemination of texts within Second Temple Judaism. How then to label Jubilees? Having rejected "rewritten Bible," or "new Torah," or even "interpretation," the author of this chapter offers a simple and perhaps obvious alternative. The book claims to be revelatory and to have a divine and heavenly origin. The author claims that Jubilees should be contextualized within the traditions of biblical prophecy, especially exilic and postexilic prophecy. The author's previous work on Jubilees is developed in two respects, the first being that the book of Jubilees belongs to corpus of books said to be revelatory, or prophetic. Additionally, his earlier work focused on Jubilees as an example of discourse tied to a founder - Mosaic Discourse. This claim is further developed by examining the way the exemplar (the founding figure who is associated with this tradition) functions in this text.

Keywords: biblical prophecy; exemplarity; Jubilees; Mosaic discourse; Second Temple Judaism



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