The literary relationship between the genesis apocryphon and jubilees: The chronology of Abram and Sarai's descent to Egypt

Michael Segal*

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Abstract

Scholars have long noted the affinity of the Genesis Apocryphon and Jubilees. However, there is still no consensus regarding the direction of the relationship between them. This study approaches this question by analysing their shared chronology surrounding the patriarchs' descent to Egypt. It is demonstrated that 1QapGen's chronology results from considerations of biblical interpretation. Interestingly, Jubilees' chronological framework is problematic at exactly this point. It is suggested that this confusion is the result of the conflation of the Apocryphon's chronology with an alternative interpretation of Gen. 16.3. Jubilees therefore reflects a later stage in the development of these traditions than the Apocryphon.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)71-88
Number of pages18
JournalAramaic Studies
Volume8
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Genesis apocryphon
  • biblical chronology
  • biblical interpretation
  • jubilees

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