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Jewish Apocalyptic Literature: Jubilees

Specific Approaches, Passages, and Themes

Book of Jubilees

Jubilees, so called because of its concern with marking forty-nine-year periods (or "jubilees") in Israel's history, is an ancient interpretive rewriting of Genesis through Exodus 19 from the point of view of an anonymous second-century BCE Jewish author. Its distinctive perspective, as well as its apparent popularity at Qumran, make it particularly important for any reconstruction of early Judaism.

General Resources

Translations and Commentaries