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Book of Jubilees
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A pseudepigraphal second century bc rewriting of the biblical narrative from Gen 1 to Exod 16, in the form of a revelation to Moses on Mount Sinai. This book is canonical for the Ethiopian Orthodox church, but is noncanonical for all other Christian traditions and not part of the Hebrew Bible.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Jubilees, Book of
Jubilees, Book of A pseudepigraphal second century bc rewriting of the biblical narrative from Gen 1 to Exod 16, in the form of a revelation to Moses on Mount Sinai. This book is canonical for the Ethiopian Orthodox church, but is noncanonical for all other Christian traditions and not part of the Hebrew
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Jubilees, Book of
JUBILEES, BOOK OF. Jubilees presents itself as the account of a revelation which was disclosed to Moses on Mt. Sinai. After a prefatory chapter in which the Lord tells Moses in advance about Israel’s apostasies and eventual repentance, the book takes the form of a first-person narrative recited by an
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Little Genesis
Little GenesisA name for the book of Jubilees. See Apocalyptic Literature III.B.
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Jubilees, Book of (Writing)
JUBILEES, BOOK OF. A Jewish intertestamental work, extant completely only in Ethiopic and partly in Latin, though fragments in the original Heb. have now been found at Qumran. It was probably written in the late 2nd century bc in (proto-) Essene circles shortly before the Qumran sect came into existence.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Jubilees, Book Of
Jubilees, Book ofAn important postbiblical Jewish writing telling the story of Israel’s origins and paralleling the narrative flow in Genesis and Exodus. Having been given a revelation at Sinai, Moses is instructed to “write it in a book,” the same task assigned later to the angel of presence; in each
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Jubilees, Book of (Writing)
JUBILEES (Gk. tá Iōbēlaia, hoi lōbēlaioi), (BOOK OF).† An important postbiblical Jewish writing, classified as an apocalypse, intended as a call to obedience to Torah, the law of God. Reckoned among the pseudepigraphal writings, this “Little Genesis” is a rewriting of Gen. 1–Exod. 12, presented
Dictionary of New Testament Background
Jubilees
JUBILEESThe book of Jubilees is a rewriting of Genesis 1Exodus 19 (see Rewritten Bible in Pseudepigrapha and Qumran). A prefatory chapter indicates that the pseudepigraphic setting for the work is the scene in Exodus 24, with Moses on Mt. Sinai. There the Lord predicts Israel’s apostasy, and Moses
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Jubilees, Book of
Jubilees, Book of. An apocryphal Jewish work, also called ‘The Little Genesis’. It purports to have been delivered by God to *Moses on Mt. *Sinai. It reinterprets the contents of Gen. 1–Exod. 12 (or, acc. to some scholars, Gen. 1–Exod. 15:22 or Exod. 16), which are here arranged in 49 periods, each of
Compton’s Encyclopedia
Jubilee
Jubileein Jewish history, every 50th year from entrance of Hebrews into Canaan to be set aside for rejoicing, Israelite slaves to be freed, alienated ancestral possessions to be restored, no sowing or reaping of land; term now applied to 50th anniversary of any event, or to a season of rejoicing.
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
10. The Book of Jubilees
10. The Book of Jubilees.—This book was known and often alluded to by the ancient and mediæval ecclesiastical writers up to the days of Theodorus Metochita (a.d. 1332). It was called ‘Jubilees’ (‘The Book of Jubilees’), or ‘Little Genesis’ (Parva Genesis, Λεπτογένεσις). Some time after the middle of
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
Jubilees, Book of (Writing)
Jubilees, Book of (τὰ Ἰωβηλαῖα or οἱ Ἰωβηλαῖοι). A pseudepigraphic work, claiming to be a revelation given to Moses on Mount Sinai, and consisting of a midrashic expansion of the biblical narrative from Gen. 1 to Exod. 12. It is also known as the Little Genesis and as the Apocalypse (or Testament)
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
b. Jubilees
b. Jubilees. It may be that a solar year of 364 days underlies the Aramaic Levi Document (the dates on which patriarchs such as Judah and Levi are born suggest this), but the most explicit heir and corrector of Enoch is the author of the book of Jubilees (ca. 160–150 bce). Some fifteen fragmentary copies
JUBILEES, BOOK OF
JUBILEES, BOOK OF. The book of Jubilees, part of the PSEUDEPIGRAPHA, is a book comparable in length to the book of Genesis (fifty chaps.). Beginning with a revelation of the heavenly angel to Moses it recounts Israel’s life and history from the creation of the world to the exodus of the Hebrews from