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Title: The Use and Interpretation of the Book of Jubilees in the Măṣḥăfă Milad
Author(s): VAN RUITEN, Jacques T.A.G.M.
Journal: Revue de Qumran
Volume: 26 Issue: 4 Date: numéro 104, 2014
This contribution deals with the use and interpretation of the book of Jubilees in the Măṣḥăfă Milad. Most references to the book of Jubilees in the Măṣḥăfă Milad are explicit quotations, the wording of which is very close to the text of Jubilees. Despite the abundant explicit mentions, the actual number of passages is very limited: Jub. 4:17-25 (Enoch), Jub. 16:1-5 (Abraham receiving the three men, as a symbol of the Trinity), often combined with Jub. 1:27-28; 2:2, 18 (angel of the presence; angel of the sanctification). The only exception to this are the passages that allude to Adam (Jub. 3:27) and the early life of Abraham (Jub. 11:18; 12:12-14; 14-15). The book of Jubilees is read and interpreted through Christian eyes, in particular it is seen to express the Trinitarian view of Zar’a Ya‘aqob. This is no different from how the text interprets the Old Testament. In other words, the book of Jubilees is read in the same way as other books of the Old Testament.