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Moses Trumping Moses: Making The Book Of Jubilees

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This chapter first sketches the contents of the introduction to Jubilees and then addresses two issues: the problem the author faced and the ways in which he handled it. The introduction to the Book of Jubilees consists of the short Prologue and ch. 1. Both are attested in the fragments of 4Q216; as a result, both were parts of the book as far back as the text can be traced. The author, writing at some point around the middle of the second century B.C.E., sets before the reader a bold claim: his book contains information revealed to Moses centuries before - at Mt. Sinai no less. In a sense, the procedure of the author was an exegetical one: he worked out his method and came to his conclusions on the basis of his reading of scriptural texts.

Keywords: Book of Jubilees; Moses at Mt. Sinai



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