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Jubilees 34:1-9: Joseph, the “House of Joseph,” and the Josephites’ Portion

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Abstract This paper analyses Jub. 34:1-9, an extra-biblical account of Jacob and his sons warring against the Amorites. Herein, the Jubilean author portrays Joseph as an exemplary family man who assists his brothers in fighting for and occupying the allotment of Ephraim and Manasseh. While Joseph’s portrayal corresponds to the favorable presentation of the patriarchs in Jubilees, it also highlights Israelite solidarity in the face of an enemy attack. Enhancing Jacob-Israel’s military prowess, this unity leads the Israelites to victory and thus to inheritance of the land. While these themes appear apposite to the Maccabean period in general, the pericope does not reflect a historical military campaign.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Biblical Studies University of Haifa Mount Carmel, Haifa 31905 Israel alivneh@research.haifa.ac.il

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