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By Gabriele Boccaccini, Giovanni Ibba, Jason Von Ehrenkrook

The early Enoch literature doesn't seek advice from the Mosaic Torah or emphasize the distinctively Mosaic legislation designed for Israel. however the booklet of Jubilees offers room to either Mosaic and Enochic traditions in the Sinaitic revelatory framework. What, then, may still we make of such differences?
This query and comparable speculations have been at the minds of students accrued from worldwide on the fourth Enoch Seminar at Camaldoli, Italy, in July 2007. 4 trends emerged from the dialogue on the seminar. a few students claimed that Jubilees was once an instantaneous manufactured from Enochic Judaism with subordinated Mosaic positive factors. a few recommended that Jubilees used to be a wide awake synthesis of Enochic and Mosaic culture, but ultimate self reliant from either. a few asserted that Jubilees was once primarily a Mosaic textual content with a few Enochic impact. And others puzzled the very lifestyles of a gulf among Enochic and Mosaic traditions as competing sorts of Judaism on the time of Jubilees.
Gabriele Boccaccini and Giovanni Ibba have rigorously accrued the countervailing perspectives into this quantity. What readers will locate here's a full of life debate one of the such a lot unique foreign experts, jointly striving for a greater figuring out of a difficult historic document.

Contributors: Veronika Bachmann, Kelley Coblentz Bautch, Jonathan Ben-Dov, John Bergsma, Gabriele Boccaccini, Lutz Doering, John C. Endres, Esther Eshel, William ok. Gilders, Lester L. Grabbe, Betsy Halpern-Amaru, Matthias Henze, Martha Himmelfarb, David Jackson, Helge S. Kvanvig, Erik Larson, Hindy Najman, Isaac W. Oliver, Andrei Orlov, Annette Yoshiko Reed, Michael Segal, Lawrence Schiffman, James Scott, Michael Segal, Aharon Shemesh, Loren T. Stuckenbruck, David Suter, James VanderKam, Jacques van Ruiten, Benjamin Wright.

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The legal passage emphasizes the process by which Judah was forgiven, and this atonement is possible only if he actually sinned. 6. The source for the method of Tam ar's punishment. After Judah heard that his daughter-in-law Tamar was pregnant, he decided that she should be put to death by burning ( Gen 38:24) . The punishment of fire in cases of sex­ ual impropriety appears only twice in the Pentateuch: "the daughter of a priest who profanes herself through harlotry" (Lev 21:9 ), and "a man who takes a wife and her mother" (Lev 20 :14).

The situation with Midrash Wayyissa'u is reminiscent of the one for The Book of Asaph: similar material is offered but the text reads far differently than the parallels in Jubilees. The first section of the midrash de­ tails Judah's wondrous military exploits against the king of Tappuach and others by his brothers and father. 22 There are traces of the influence of Jubilees elsewhere in Jewish litera­ ture. 23 In Textual a nd Historical S tudies in the Book ofJubilees, I compared the readings of the Hebrew fragments that had been published at that time with the readings of the four Ethiopic manuscripts on which R.

3 On the basis of his analysis of the Ethiopic text of Jubilees and the es­ chatological ideas present in the book, he suggested that Jubilees consists of a basic layer and two subsequent redactions. 4 Thus, the scholarly consensus has remained until today that Jubilees represents a unified composition. The question of the unity of Jubilees obvi­ ously has far-reaching implications for the study of the book in many differ­ ent areas. Fundamental questions, such as the date of composition of the b ook, need to be reexamined or redefined if the b ook is composed of vari­ ous materials from different periods of time.

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