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Which Is Older, Jubilees Or The Genesis Apocryphon? An Exegetical Approach

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Scholars have long been puzzled by the relationship between the Genesis Apocryphon (1Q20) and the book of Jubilees (as well as by the Apocryphons relationship to another text, the account of Noahs birth in 1 Enoch chapters 106107). This chapter starts by offering an overall characterization of the works in question. It approaches the question of the relative dating of the Apocryphon and Jubilees from a slightly different angle, that of biblical interpretation. The only useful way of considering these authors store of exegetical motifs is to examine passages in both texts that deal with basically the same material in order to see whether one author includes a motif or an element within a motif of which the other author was apparently unaware. That is what the author proposes to do on the chapter.

Keywords: 1 Enoch; exegetical motifs; Genesis Apocryphon; Jubilees



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