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The Book of Jubilees Paperback – September 11, 2007

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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.

About the Author

Robert Henry Charles (1855 – 1931) was a biblical scholar and theologian. He is known particularly for English translations of apocryphal and pseudepigraphal works, and editions including Jubilees (1895), the Book of Enoch (1906), and the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs (1908) which have been widely used. He wrote the articles in the 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica attributed to the initials "R. H. C." --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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,805,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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This is a very good translation and the book has an extensive introduction by Charles.

Scholars believe that Jubilees was composed in Hebrew sometime between 135 and 105 BCE. Just as the author of the biblical book Chronicles rewrote his book with many variations from what is contained in other biblical books, this Pharisee also wrote a book reflecting his own view of biblical history, one that met his own agenda. His approach to the biblical text is also very similar to Midrashic lore. He enlarges on various text, removes what he considered offensive elements, and writing as he did during a time when the Hellenistic spirit was rampant in Israel, he sought to defend Judaism from Hellenistic attacks and show that Jewish law has everlasting validity.

He contended that before the law was revealed to humans it was kept in heaven by angels. While Israel was ruled during his lifetime by the Maccabean family, descendants of Levi, he contended that the Messianic kingdom would be ruled by a man from the tribe of Judah. He divides events into Jubilee periods of 49 years and states, for example, that the Israelites entered Canaan at the close of the fiftieth Jubilee.

The Book of Jubilees states that it was composed by an angel who dictated it to Moses. While to book purports to describe the history of the world, which is also reported in the biblical books Genesis and Exodus, the story in Jubilees is radically different. No one knows why these differences exist.
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Before you buy this, sample Dr. Nyland's modern translation The Book of Jubilees (The Little Genesis, The Apocalypse of Moses) Old Testament / Apocrypha. You might like it better. I did. There are notes, a detailed introduction, and more text.

BTW, this ebook has an interactive TOC, you just can't access it directly from the menu.
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