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From the Back Cover

Also known as "the Little Genesis," the Book of Jubilees is an apocryphal book of the Old Testament that retells the book of Genesis and part of Exodus, as told to Moses on Mount Sinai by the "angel of presence."

Originally written in Hebrew around 100 BC and presented here in a translation by British scholar R. H. CHARLES (1855-1931) first published in 1917, this fascinating "lost" text is considered by many Jewish scholars to be an essential defense of traditional Judaism and of the need to maintain a separate Jewish life and culture. Students of early biblical literature will want to read this foundational text. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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R.H. Charles was a noted theologian and scholar with many of his reference works remaining in print today and still of superlative scholarly value. His book, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament in English remains a relevant work due mainly to his superior editorial skills. He died in 1931. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: FQ Classics (September 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599868105
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599868103
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,496,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Dave Kinsella on February 15, 2011
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I got the book the other day and have begun reading it. However, I feel the article below does a very good job of describing it briefly.

The Book of Jubilees is an account of the Biblical history of the world from creation to Moses. It is divided into periods ('Jubilees') of 49 years. For the most part the narrative follows the familiar account in Genesis, but with some additional details such as the names of Adam and Eve's daughters, and an active role for a demonic entity called 'Mastema'. The anonymous author is interested in calendar reform, and uses Jubilees as a platform for proposing a solar calendar of 364 days and 12 months; this would have been a radical departure from the Jewish Calendar, which is lunar-based. There are also a couple of messianic, apocalyptic passages, although quite a bit less than the Book of Enoch.

The only complete version of Jubilees is in Ethiopian, although large fragments in Greek, Latin and Syriac are also known. It is believed that it was originally written in Hebrew. If at times one gets the impression that you are reading a first draft of Genesis, you are in good company. R.H. Charles, the translator, a distinguished academic Biblical scholar, concluded that Jubilees was a version of the Pentateuch, written in Hebrew, parts of which later became incorporated into the earliest Greek version of the Jewish Bible, the Septuagint.

From the site sacred-texts dot com. also from the inside cover of the printed book itself.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. Beardsley on April 5, 2012
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I found this book extremely interesting and informative. Like the Books of Enoch, while this book was never canonized into Western Bibles, it is a part of the Ethopic Bible, which has 81 books, instead of the 66 boobks of the Western Chritian Bible or the 72 books of the Catholic Bible. The Book of Jublies refers to time as measured from the 1st day of Creation, and it gives a lot more detail behind many characters from the Torah (1st 5 books of the Tanakh). It is very interesting to say the least, and a must read for serious theologians!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Johnrm on March 7, 2011
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The Book of Jubilees was very informative about the time frames of the Old Testament section of the Bible. It was something that I had never read and was very happy with the information contained in it. For people that want Old Testament history with time frames added to show when the different events occurred this will be a good book to read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James on November 8, 2012
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This is a good book; a translation. Historically, the Book of Jubilees was claimed to have been revealed to Moses but some claim that the book was simply a copy of the original Books of Genesis as found in the common Bible. Some label ancient books with similar stories as pseudepigrapha, material not suitable for inclusion in religious books.

The Books of Jubilees, details the celebration of every Jubilee (49 years) since creation to Moses's adult life; about 2410 years. There is a lot of detail in The Book of Jubilees and I wonder how the ancient authors could have had such access to personal lives of those times. Its a good read for those interested in ancient history.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By F. Wayne West on January 9, 2014
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5 stars is for the historical and close accounts to the books of Moses. The only discrepancies between the Bible, Jubilees, Enoch & Jasher is the amount of time in one place. For example, the Biblical account of Joshua imprisoned was approximately 20 years. The Jubilees account is around 7. I wouldn't throw this away on that account. This book is a great read. But, you can't only read this one & stop. Jasher & Enoch should go hand in hand with any study done within the Torah.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jesse N. Nelms on September 5, 2013
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A great supplemental book for all people to real alongside Torah, the Talmuds, OT/NT Cannons! The book of Jashur is also a great book to read as well.

Shalom
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Zimmerman on June 6, 2009
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I like reading extra biblical literature. I never take offense to it, well, no more than I would the Left Behind Series... If you take it with a grain of salt, it's a good read. Definitely not for those that like getting their knickers in a twist over religious beliefs... Just take it as what it is & you'll get some kind of enjoyment out of it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vickie L. Williams on December 26, 2013
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There is a lot of very good information in this book. A good place to begin to search out the truth in some areas. Thanks
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