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Bibil Identifier bibil:237847
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Forming Jewish Identity by Formulating Legislation for Gentiles
Author Oliver, Isaac W.
Journal Journal of Ancient Judaism. Supplements (Volume: 4, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 105-132 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The following paper explores the formulation of universal commandments for non-Jews within the book of Jubilees and compares it with rabbinic traditions that also deal with Gentiles and law observance. The discussion concerning commandments incumbent upon all of humanity in Jubilees betrays a remarkable preoccupation with promoting the observance of particular laws (e. g., Sabbath and circumcision) for Jews alone—universal law becomes a means for highlighting Israel’s special covenantal status. The bitter opposition expressed in Jubilees against Gentiles is best understood as a polemical response to events redefining Jewish-Gentile relations during the second century B. C. E.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Identity
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Nations
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to Old Testament Characters or Events : Texts : Moses : Jubilees
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Literature
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