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Two "Scientific" Fictions: The So-Called Book of Noah and the Alleged Quotation of Jubilees in CD 16:3-4

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This chapter demonstrates the shaky foundation upon which two such "scientific" fictions are built: the theory about the so-called Book of Noah, and the claim that the Damascus Document (CD) 16:3-4 cites the Book of Jubilees 1:1. The theory about a lost Book of Noah underwent two distinct phases of development: the first before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the second after it. The consensus achieved at the beginning of the last century in viewing CD as quoting Jubilees may have been justified at the time, since the scholarly world was familiar with only these two works. Both works are represented in the library of Qumran by numerous copies: ten of CD and fourteen of Jubilees. It has even been claimed that the alleged citation reflects the authoritative status that was attributed to Jubilees by the author of CD.

Keywords: Book of Jubilees; Book of Noah; Damascus Document (CD); Dead Sea Scrolls; Qumran library



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