Jubilees: A Commentary in Two Volumes
Jubilees--so called because of its concern with marking forty-nine-year periods (or "jubilees") in Israel`s history--is an ancient rewriting of Genesis and the first part of Exodus from the point of view of an anonymous second-century BCE Jewish author. Its distinctive...
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Jubilees--so called because of its concern with marking forty-nine-year periods (or "jubilees") in Israel`s history--is an ancient rewriting of Genesis and the first part of Exodus from the point of view of an anonymous second-century BCE Jewish author. Its distinctive perspective-as well as its apparent popularity at Qumran-make it particularly important for any reconstruction of early Judaism. James C. VanderKam, the world`s foremost authority on Jubilees, offers a new translation based on his own critical editions of all the available textual evidence, including the Hebrew fragments preserved at Qumran (which he first published in Discoveries in the Judean Desert, vol. 13), as well as the first full running commentary on the book in the English language. Jubilees approaches the book as a rewriting of scripture but also as a literary work in its own right. The commentary explains the text and the teachings of the author with comprehensive coverage of the modern scholarship devoted to them. The introduction sets the book in its second-century BCE context, traces its sources in the Bible and in other early Jewish texts, and describes its influence on Jewish and Christian writers.
James C. VanderKam (Ph.D., Harvard University) is the John A. OBrien Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at the University of Notre Dame and a member of the international team charged with editing and translating the unpublished Dead Sea Scrolls. Some of his published works include The Dead Sea Scrolls Today; An Introduction to Early Judaism; The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and From Joshua to Caiaphas: High Priests after the Exile
He has edited twelve volumes in the official series Discoveries in the Judaean Desert and another is in process. He is one of the two editors in chief of the Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
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Sidnie White Crawford (PhD., Harvard University) is a Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she has written a number of commentaries on Esther (New Interpreter's and Women's Biblical Commentary) and Deuteronomy (The Bible at Qumran and the Oxford Hebrew Bible Project).-Editorial Review.