The first part of this book is an extensive verse-by-verse commentary on the Book of Jubilees. Kugel's stated aim is "to understand what the text is saying and why it is saying it," and in particular to explore the numerous bits of biblical interpretation found in Jubilees and their connection to other exegetical writings of the Second Temple period. Subsequent chapters focus on the possibility that Jubilees had more than one author, as well as on the book’s specific relationship to four other Second Temple texts: the Genesis Apocryphon, the Aramaic Levi Document, 4Q225 Pseudo-Jubilees, and the writings of Philo of Alexandria.
James Kugel, Starr Professor of Hebrew Literature (emeritus) at Harvard University, is a specialist in the Hebrew Bible and Jewish writings of the Second Temple period. His books include
The Idea of Biblical Poetry, In Potiphar’s House,
The Bible As It Was,
The God of Old,
The Ladder of Jacob, and
How to Read the Bible.
Table of contents
1. A Walk Through Jubilees: an Exegetical Commentary
2. The Sources of Torah in Jubilees
3. On the Contradictions in Jubilees
4. Divine Epithets in Jubilees
5. Which Is Older, Jubilees or the Genesis Apocryphon?
6. The Aramaic Levi Document and the Book of Jubilees
7. 4Q225 “Pseudo-Jubilees”
8. Jubilees, Philo, and the Problem of Genesis
Scholars and students of the Hebrew Bible and the history of its interpretation, as well as specialists in the early history of Judaism and Christianity.