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The Book Of Jubilees As Paratextual Literature

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The use of the term "paratextual literature" in this book is an extension of the use of the term "parabiblical literature". It attempts to include comparable textual strategies used in different times, cultures and literary corpora. This chapter looks into the way an authoritative text (Genesis 17) was rewritten in Jubilees 15. Interestingly enough, the source text is almost completely rewritten. By way of omissions, variations and additions, the author of the paratext modifies the older text. He interprets the making of the covenant between God and Abraham as a renewing of the covenant, where Abraham acts on his own initiative to fulfil the stipulation of the renewed covenant that he has inherited from Noah. Jubilees constantly quotes and rewrites the older text of Genesis and Exodus. This is enough evidence to prove the thesis that the text is not intended to replace the earlier text.

Keywords: Exodus; Genesis; Jubilees; paratextual literature



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