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
Journal for the Study of Judaism – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2004
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