Jubilees exhorts Israelites to separate from Gentiles in every way. Jubilees does not simply repeat familiar arguments that Gentiles will lead Israelites to sin if they adopt their ways. Rather, Jubilees argues that merely being in the presence of Gentiles is dangerous because they are liable to a violent death at any moment for their abhorrent daily practices. At the same time, Jubilees maintains a strict standard for God’s justice such that sinners must be warned of the crime and its punishment in advance. Jubilees maintains that the ancestors of all nations willingly entered into a covenant which demands eradication of entire nations for the sin of eating blood. In order to make this point Jubilees interprets Genesis 9 and other sources to indicate that all nations are bound to a covenant which demands eradication for the crime of eating meat that was not processed according to Levitical procedure.
William K. GildersBlood Ritual in the Hebrew Bible: Meaning and Power (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press2004) 16-17 25 has appropriately warned against projecting theological explanations onto these terse words based on the scholarly imagination or assuming that an explanation suggested in one source goes without saying in all the sources. Gilders further notes that the claim that blood is life hardly makes it obvious that life is something one would not want to eat citing anthropological evidence of cultures that value consuming the life-force of enemies or animals.
Cana Werman“דין כיסוי דם ואכילתו בהלכה הכוהנית ובהלכת חכמים,”Tarbiz63 (1994): 173-84here 174; Werman “The Rules of Consuming and Covering the Blood in Priestly and Rabbinic Law” RevQ 16/64 (1995): 621-36 here 622; and Werman “עיצוב מאורעות דר המבול בספר היובלים” Tarbiz 64 (1995): 183-202 here 198-99.
Anderson“Intentional and Unintentional Sins in the Dead Sea Scrolls”52. See also Bennie H. Reynolds III “The Expression ביד רמה in the Hebrew Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Legacy of the Holiness School in Essene Legal Texts” JBL 132 (2013): 585-605.
James L. KugelA Walk through Jubilees: Studies in the Book of Jubilees and the World of its Creation (JSJSup 156; Leiden: Brill2012) 3. See also the extended discussion of the importance and meaning of “testimony” in Michael Segal The Book of Jubilees: Rewritten Bible Redaction Ideology and Theology (JSJSup 117; Leiden: Brill 2007) 282-316.