JUBILEES —BETWEEN ENOCH AND MOSES. A NARRATIVE READING

JUBILEES —BETWEEN ENOCH AND MOSES. A NARRATIVE READING JUBILEES —BETWEEN ENOCH AND MOSES. A NARRATIVE READING 1  HELGE S. KVANVIG University of Oslo Summary There is no doubt that the biblical story in Genesis and Exodus, extend- ing from creation to Sinai, forms the backbone of the narrative in Jubilees . Often analyses of Jubilees concentrate on this aspect, without paying su ffi cient attention to the narrative design in Jubilees itself. In this article some common tools in narratology are applied to focus on Jubilees as a whole. In the narrative structures it appears that the Enochic traditions are formative. Moses is placed in the front of the narrative as a witness not to the torah of the Pentateuch, but to a narrative shaped to give room for the Enochic traditions. Thus Jubilees mediates between the Mosaic and Enochic traditions, using Moses to emphasise the importance of Enoch. The two fi gures represent two di ff erent attitudes toward revelation, the unique concentration on Sinai as the centre of history and the common mythical world-view that the foundational events took place in primeval time. 1. B  Q  , E  I  My point of departure for this reading of the Book http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal for the Study of Judaism Brill

JUBILEES —BETWEEN ENOCH AND MOSES. A NARRATIVE READING

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BRILL
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© 2004 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0047-2212
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1570-0631
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10.1163/1570063041705245
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JUBILEES —BETWEEN ENOCH AND MOSES. A NARRATIVE READING 1  HELGE S. KVANVIG University of Oslo Summary There is no doubt that the biblical story in Genesis and Exodus, extend- ing from creation to Sinai, forms the backbone of the narrative in Jubilees . Often analyses of Jubilees concentrate on this aspect, without paying su ffi cient attention to the narrative design in Jubilees itself. In this article some common tools in narratology are applied to focus on Jubilees as a whole. In the narrative structures it appears that the Enochic traditions are formative. Moses is placed in the front of the narrative as a witness not to the torah of the Pentateuch, but to a narrative shaped to give room for the Enochic traditions. Thus Jubilees mediates between the Mosaic and Enochic traditions, using Moses to emphasise the importance of Enoch. The two fi gures represent two di ff erent attitudes toward revelation, the unique concentration on Sinai as the centre of history and the common mythical world-view that the foundational events took place in primeval time. 1. B  Q  , E  I  My point of departure for this reading of the Book

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Journal for the Study of JudaismBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2004

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