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The Recombination And Evolution Of Noah Traditions As Found In The Genesis Apocryphon And Jubilees: The Dna Of Fraternal Twins

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This chapter observes the emergence and development of two portrayals of Noah that shared the priestly characterization of the priestly Levi but are nuanced differently in Aramaic and in Hebrew. Noah was legitimized as Enoch's worthy successor in the Aramaic Genesis Apocryphon and was refashioned as a worthy and legitimate predecessor to Moses in Jubilees, originally written in Hebrew. In Aramaic Levi Document (ALD) 10:10, Isaac instructs grandson Levi concerning sacrifices, appealing to the priestly lore handed down from Noah. In Jubilees, Noah does not possess the visionary character that he does in the Genesis Apocryphon. Instead he is a hard-working, down-to-earth character, the epitome of a priestly Jew obedient to the freshly reinterpreted revelation given to Moses. In conclusion, Noah as a priestly ancestor to Levi was portrayed in the Genesis Apocryphon as a wise, priestly figure like Levi that also shared Enoch's visionary DNA.

Keywords: Aramaic Levi Document (ALD); DNA; Genesis Apocryphon; Jubilees; Moses; Noah traditions



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