Abraham in the Book of Jubilees: The Rewriting of Genesis by Jacques Van Ruiten

By Jacques Van Ruiten

In Abraham within the publication of Jubilees, Jacques van Ruiten bargains a scientific research of 1 of crucial and large moment Temple Jewish remedies of the determine of Abraham (Jub. 11:14-23:8). Given the significance of representations and reinterpretations of Abraham inside Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, a cautious research of this early resource is a crucial contribution to analyze either at the evolving pictures of biblical patriarchs and at the historical past of biblical interpretation. there are various references to Jubilees in articles and books on pictures of Abraham. they're selected for exegetical motifs, with little recognition for its personal literary and narrative dynamics, or for the explicit writing and examining practices that it embodies and attests. Van Ruiten's cautious research therefore offers very important context and corrective.

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The statement that Abram separated from his father seems to be in contradiction with Jub. 12:1–8 in which Abram tries to persuade his father to abolish idolatry, with Jub. 12:15 in which Abram departs from Ur of the Chaldeans together with his father and subsequently lives with his father for fourteen years in Haran, and with Jub. 12:28–31, where Abram asks permission from his father to depart for Canaan. Jubilees 11:18–22: Abram and the ravens 18a When the time of the seed arrived for sowing in the land, b all of them went out together to guard the seed from the ravens.

These additions relate events that take place in the life of the son and often include an etymology of the name of the son.  Abram’s Birth (Gen 11:26–27b and Jub. 11:14–15) Jubilees 11:14–15 rewrites Gen 11:26–27b. Jubilees reads the twofold entry (Gen 11:26; 11:27b) for the birth of Terah’s children as one entry, whereas the heading (Gen 11:27a) is not taken over. As can be seen in the following synoptic overview, the content and form of the reports of Abram’s birth are completely different in both texts:5 Jubilees 11:14–15 11:14a During the thirty-ninth jubilee, in the second week, in the first year, Terah married a woman whose name was Edna, the daughter of Abram, the daughter of his father’s sister.

The mention of a fire could be motivated by the mention of the name of the city of Ur. 28 Moreover, one can point to a tradition found in Josh 24:2–3, 14–15, which states that Terah and his 26 I have already pointed out the contradiction between both passages. Other places in Jubilees dealing with idolatry are Jub. 11:4 and Jub. 20:6–10. In Jub. 11:4, the worshiping of the idols is connected with the straying of the evil spirits. In Jub. 20:6–10, Abraham summons his children to follow God, to keep his commandments, and not to follow the idols.

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