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Divergence From Genesis In The Genesis Apocryphon

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This chapter discusses one surprising feature that emerges from paying close attention to the story of Noah in Genesis Apocryphon in comparison with Genesis: several cases where the narrative in GenAp deliberately and uniquely contradicts the story in Genesis. The first case to consider is what happens in Noah's 500th year. The second thing that GenAp associates with Noah's 500th year is a vision of the sons of God. The second case to consider has to do with the timing of Noah's sacrifice. The third case to consider concerns the motif of dominion. The fourth case concerns the eating of meat. In Gen 1:30, God allows only vegetables as food for all creatures. The chapter suggests that in all four cases, the starting point is external to the passage - either an interpretative matter in relation to the larger scriptural context or a tradition attested in other sources.

Keywords: Genesis Apocryphon; Noah



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