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THE BOOK OF JUBILEES

 

(this is a continuation of the first part of Jubilees, which was on Adam & Eve.  See previous "Adam and Eve, as told by Seth, their son)

 

THIS PORTION OF THE WORK RELIED UPON DIFFERENT TEXTS, AND THUS THERE IS OVERLAP AND INTERESTING DIFFERENCES WITH THE FIRST PORTION OF JUBILEES

 

R. Charles,  The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament

Oxford, 1913.

 

 

The Book of Jubilees, is an extensive retelling of Genesis and Exodus [Gensis above] which emphasis is on the Halakhah (the teachings and ordinances of biblical law).  Its contenst reveals an opposition to both Hellenizing influences and an affinity with the Qumran community (thus its 2nd cent. B.C. date). 

 

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THIS is the history of the division of the days of the law and of the

testimony, of the events of the years, of their (year) weeks, of their

Jubilees throughout all the years of the world, as the Lord spake to

Moses on Mount Sinai when he went up to receive the tables of the law and

of the com­mandment, according to the voice of God as he said unto him,

'Go up to the top of the Mount.'

 

 And it came to pass in the first year of the exodus of the children of

Israel out of Egypt, in the third month [2450 A.M.], on the sixteenth day

of the month, that God spake to Moses, saying: 'Come up to Me on the

Mount, and I will give thee two tables of stone of the law and of the

commandment, which I have written, that thou mayst teach them.'

 

 And Moses went up into the mount of God, and the glory of the Lord

abode on Mount Sinai, and a cloud overshadowed it six days.

 

 And He called to Moses on the seventh day out of the midst of the

cloud. and the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a flaming

fire on the top of the mount.

 

 And Moses was on the Mount forty days and forty nights, and God taught

him the earlier and the later history of the division of all the days f

the law and of the testimony.

 

 And He said: 'Incline thine heart to every word which I shall speak to

thee on this mount, and write them in a book in order that their

generations may see how I have not forsaken them for all the evil which

they have wrought in transgressing the covenant which I establish between

Me and thee for their generations this day on Mount Sinai.

 

  And thus it will come to pass when all these things come upon them,

that they will recognize that I am more righteous than they in all their

judgments and in all their actions, and they will recognize that  have

been truly with them.

 

 And do thou write for thyself all these words which I declare unto

thee this day, for I know their rebellion and their stiff neck, before I

bring them into the land of which I swore to their fathers, to Abraham

and to Isaac and to Jacob, saying: 'Unto your seed will I give a land

flowing with milk and honey.

 

 And they will eat and be satisfied, and they will turn to strange

gods. to (gods) which cannot deliver them from aught of their

tribulation: and this witness shall be heard for a witness against them.

 

 For they will forget all My commandments, (even) all that I command

them, and they will walk after the Gentiles, and after their uncleanness,

and after their shame, and will serve their gods, and these will rove

unto them an offense and a tribulation and an affliction and a snare.

 

 And many will perish [12] and they will be taken captive, and will

fall into the hands of the enemy. because they have for­saken My

ordinances and My commandments, and the festivals of My covenant, and My

Sabbaths, and My holy place which I have hallowed for Myself in their

midst, and My tabernacle, and My sanctuary, which I have hallowed for

Myself in the midst of the land, that I should set my name upon it, and

that it should dwell (there).

 

 And they will make to themselves high places and groves and graven

images. and they will worship, each his own (graven image), so as to go

astray, and they ill sacrifice their children to demons, and to all the

works of the error of their hearts.

 

 And I will end witnesses unto them, that I may witness against them,

but they will not hear, and will slay the witnesses also, and they will

persecute those who keep the law, and they will abrogate and change

everything so as to work evil before My eyes.

 

 And I will hide My face from them. and I will deliver them into the

hand of the Gentiles for captivity, and for a prey, and for devouring,

and  will remove them from the midst of the land, and I will scatter them

amongst the Gentiles.

 

 And they will forget all My law and all My commandments and all My

judgments, and will go, astray as to new moons, and Sabbaths, and

festivals, and jubilees, and ordinances.

 

 And after this hey will turn to Me from amongst the Gentiles with all

their heart and with all their soul and with all their strength, and I

will gather them from amongst all the Gentiles, and they will seek me, so

that I shall be found of them, when they seek me with all their heart and

with all their soul.

 

 And will disclose to them abounding peace with righteousness, and I

will remove them the plant of uprightness, with all My heart and with all

My soul, and they shall be for a blessing and not for curse, and they

shall be the head and not the tail.

 

 And I will build My sanctuary in their midst, and I will dwell with

them, and I will be their God and they shall be My people in truth and 19

righteousness.

 

 And I will not forsake them nor fail them; for I am the Lord their

God.'

 

 And Moses fell on his face and prayed and said, ' O Lord my God, do

not forsake Thy people and Thy inheritance, so that they should wander in

the error of their hearts, and do not deliver them into the ands of their

enemies, the Gentiles, lest they should rule over them and cause them to

sin against Thee.

 

  Let thy mercy, O Lord, be lifted up upon Thy people, and create in

them an upright spirit, and let not the spirit of Beliar rule over them

to accuse them before Thee, and to ensnare them from all the paths of

righteousness, so that they may perish from before Thy face.

 

 But they are thy people and Thy inheritance, which thou last

delivered with thy great power from the hands of the Egyptians: create in

them a clean heart and a holy spirit, and let them not be ensnared in

their sins from henceforth until eternity.'

 

 And the Lord said unto Moses: 'I know their contrariness and their

thoughts and their stiffneckedness, and they will not be obedient till

they confess their own sin and the sin of their fathers.

 

 And after this they will turn to Me in all uprightness and with all

(their) heart and with all (their) soul, and I will circumcise the

foreskin of their heart and the foreskin of the heart of their seed, and

I will create in them a holy spirit, and  will cleanse them so that they

shall not turn away from Me from that day. unto eternity.

 

 And their souls will cleave to Me and to all My commandments, and

they will fulfill My commandments, and I will be their Father and they

shall be My children.

 

 And they all shall be [13] called children of the living God, and

every angel and every spirit shall know, yea, they shall know that these

are My children, and that I am their Father in uprightness and

righteousness, and that I love them.

 

 And do thou write down for thyself all these words which I declare

unto thee on this mountain, the first and the last, which shall come to

pass in all the divisions of the days in the law and in the testimony and

in the weeks and the jubilees unto eternity, until I descend and dwell

with them throughout eternity.'

 

 And He said to the angel of the presence: ' Write for Moses from the

beginning of creation till My sanctuary has been built among them for all

eternity.

 

 And the Lord will appear to the eyes of all, and all shall know that

I am the God of Israel and the Father of all the children of Jacob, and

King on Mount Zion for all eternity. And Zion and Jerusalem shall be

holy.'

 

 And the angel of the presence who went before the camp of Israel took

the tables of the divisions of the years from the time of the creation of

the law and of the testimony of the weeks of the jubilees, according to

the individual years, according to all the number of the jubilees

[according, to the individual years], from the day of the [new creation

[when] the heavens and the earth shall be renewed and all their creation

according to the powers of the heaven, and according to all the creation

of the earth, until the sanctuary of the Lord shall be made in Jerusalem

on Mount Zion, and all the luminaries be renewed for healing and for

peace and for blessing,, for all the elect of Israel, and that thus it

may be from that day and unto all the days of the earth.

 

 And the angel of the presence spake to Moses according to the word of

the Lord, saying: Write the complete history of the creation, how in six

days the Lord God finished all His works and all that He created, and

kept Sabbath on the seventh day and hallowed it for all ages, and

appointed it as a sign for all His works.

 

 For on the first day He created the heavens which are above and the

earth and the waters and all the spirits which serve before him the

angels of the [14] presence, and the angels of sanctification, and the

angels [of the spirit of fire and the angels] of the spirit of the winds,

and the angels of the spirit of the clouds, and of darkness, and of snow

and of hail and of hoar frost, and the angels of the voices and of the

thunder and of the lightning, and the angels of the spirits of cold and

of heat, and of winter and of spring and of autumn and of summer, and of

all the spirits of his creatures which are in the heavens and on the

earth, (He created) the abysses and the darkness, eventide (and night),

and the light, dawn and day, which He hath prepared in the knowledge of

his heart.

 

 And thereupon we saw His works, and praised Him, and lauded before Him

on account of all His works; for seven great works did He create on the

first day.

 

And on the second day He created the firmament in the midst of the

waters, and the waters were divided on that day half of them went up

above and half of them went down below the firmament (that was) in the

midst over the face of the whole earth. And this was the only work (God)

created n the second day.

 

 And on the third day He commanded the waters to pass from off the face

of he whole earth into one place, and the dry land to appear.

 

 And the waters did so as He commanded them, and they retired from off

the face of the earth into one place outside of this firmament, and the

dry land appeared.

 

 And on that day He created for them all the seas according to their

separate gathering‑places, and all the rivers, and the gatherings of the

waters in the mountains and on all the earth, and all the lakes, and all

the dew of the earth, and the seed which is sown, and all sprouting

things, and fruit‑bearing trees, and trees of the wood, and the garden of

Eden, in Eden and all (plants after their kind).

 

 These four great works God created on the third day. And on the fourth

day He created the sun and the moon and the stars, and set them in the

firmament of the heaven, to give light upon all the earth, and to rule

over the day and the night, and divide the light from the darkness.

 

 And God appointed the sun to be a great sign on the earth for days and

or Sabbaths and for months and for feasts and for years and for Sabbaths

of years and for jubilees and for all seasons of the years.

 

 And it divideth the light from the darkness [and] for prosperity,

that all things may prosper which shoot and grow on the earth.

 

 These three kinds He made on the fourth day. And on the fifth day He

created great sea monsters in the depths of the waters, for these were

the first things of flesh that were created by his hands, the fish and

everything that moves in the waters, and everything that flies, the birds

an I all their kind.

 

 And the sun rose above them to prosper (them), and above everything

that was on the earth, everything that shoots out of the earth, and all

fruit‑bearing trees, and all flesh.

 

 These three kinds He created on the fifth day. And on the sixth day

 

 He created all the animals of the earth, and all cattle, and

everything that moves on the earth. And after all this He created man, a

man and a woman created He them, and gave him dominion over all that is

upon the earth, and in the seas, and over everything that flies, and over

beasts and over cattle, and over everything that moves on the earth, and

over the whole earth, and over all this He gave him dominion.

 

 And these four kinds He created on the sixth day. And there were

altogether two and twenty kinds.

 

 And He finished all his work on the sixth day all that is in the

heavens and on the earth, and in the seas and in the abysses, and in the

light and in the darkness, and in everything.

 

 And He gave us a great sign, the Sabbath day, that we should work six

days, but keep Sabbath on the seventh day from all work.

 

 And all the angels of the presence, and all the angels of

sanctification, these two great classes.  He hath bidden us to keep the

Sabbath with Him in heaven and on earth.

 

 And He said unto us: ' Behold, I will separate unto Myself a people

from among all the peoples, and these shall keep the Sabbath day, and I

will sanctify them unto Myself as My people, and will bless them; as I

have sanctified the Sabbath day and do sanctify (it) unto Myself, even so

will I bless them, and they shall be My people and I will be their God.

 

 And I have chosen the seed of Jacob from amongst all that I have

seen, and have written him down as [15] My first‑born son, and have

sanctified him unto Myself for ever and ever; and I will teach them the

Sabbath day, that they may keep Sabbath thereon from all work.'

 

 And thus He created therein a sign in accordance with which they

should keep Sabbath with us on the seventh day, to eat and to drink;, and

to bless Him who has created all things as He has blessed and sanctified

unto himself a peculiar people above all peoples, and that they should

keep Sabbath together with us.

 

 And He caused His commands to ascend as a sweet savour acceptable

before Him all the days.

 

 There (were) two and twenty heads of mankind from Adam to Jacob, and

two and twenty kinds of work were made until the seventh day; this is

blessed and holy; and the former also is blessed and holy; and this one

selves with that one for sanctification and blessing.

 

 And to this (Jacob and his seed) it was granted that they should

always be the blessed and holy ones of the first testimony and law, even

as He had sanctified and blessed the Sabbath day on the seventh day.

 

 He created heaven and earth and everything that He created in six

days, and God made the seventh day holy, for all His works; therefore He

commanded on its behalf that, whoever does any work thereon shall die,

and that he who defiles it shall surely die.

 

 Wherefore do thou command the children of Israel to observe this day

that they may keep it Holy and not do thereon any work, and not to defile

it, as it is holier than all other days.

 

 And whoever profanes it shall surely die, and whoever does thereon

any work shall surely die eternally, that the children of Israel may

observe this day throughout their generations, and not be rooted out of

the land; for it is a holy day and a blessed day.

 

 And every one who observes it and keeps Sabbath thereon from all his

works, will be holy and blessed throughout all days like unto us.

 

 Declare and say to the children of Israel the law of this day both

that they should keep Sabbath thereon, and that they should not forsake

it in the error of their hearts; (and) that it is not lawful to do any

work thereon which is unseemly, to do thereon their own pleasure, and

that they should not prepare thereon anything to be eaten or drunk, and

(that it is not lawful) to draw water, or bring in or take out thereon

through their gates any burden, which they had not prepared for

themselves on the sixth day in their dwellings.

 

 And they shall not bring in nor take out from house to house on that

day; for that day is more holy and blessed than any jubilee day of the

jubilees; on this we kept Sabbath in the heavens before it was made

known to any flesh to keep Sabbath thereon on the earth.

 

 And the‑Creator of all things blessed it, but He did not sanctify all

peoples and nations to keep Sabbath thereon, but Israel alone: them

alone he permitted to eat and drink and to keep Sabbath thereon on the

earth.

 

 And the Creator of all things blessed this day which He had created

for blessing and holiness and glory above all days.

 

 This law and testimony was given to the children of Israel as a law

for ever unto their generations.[16]

 

 

 And on the six days of the second week we brought, according to the

word of God, unto Adam all the beasts, and all the cattle, and all the

birds, and everything that moves on the earth, and everything that moves

in the water, according to their kinds, and according to their types: the

beasts on the first day; the cattle on the second day; the birds on the

third day; and all that which moves on the earth on the fourth day; and

that which moves in the water on the fifth day.

 

 And Adam named them all by their respective names, and as he called

them, so was their name.

 

 And on these five days Adam saw all these, male and female, according

to every kind that was on he earth, but he was alone and found no

helpmeet for him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the Lord said unto us: 'It is not good that the man should be

alone: let us make a helpmeet for him.'

 

 And the Lord our God caused a deep sleep to fall upon him, and he

slept, and He took for the woman one rib from amongst is ribs, and this

rib was the origin of the woman from amongst his ribs, and He built up

the flesh in its stead, and built the woman.

 

 And He awakened Adam out of his sleep and on awaking he rose on the

sixth day, and He brought her to him, and he knew her, and said unto her:

‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called

[my] wife; because she was taken from her husband.'

 

 Therefore shall man and wife be one, and therefore shall a man leave

his father and his mother, and cleave unto his wife, and they shall be

one flesh.

 

 In the first week was Adam created, and the ribđhis wife: in the

second week He showed her unto him: and for this reason the commandment

was given to keep in their defilement, for 2 male seven days, and for a

female twice seven days.

 

 And after Adam had completed forty days in the land where he had been

created. we brought him into the garden of Eden to till and keep it, but

his wife they brought in on the eightieth day, and after this she entered

into the garden of Eden. 

 

 And for this reason the commandment is written on the heavenly

tablets in regard to her that gives birth: 'if she bears a male, she

shall remain in her uncleanness seven days according to the first week of

days, and thirty and three days shall she remain in the blood of her

purifying, and she shall not touch any hallowed thing nor enter into the

sanctuary, until she accomplishes these days which (are enjoined) in the

case of a male child.

 

 But in the case of a female child she shall remain in her uncleanness

two weeks of days, according to the first two weeks, and sixty‑six days

in the blood of her purification, and they will be in all eighty days.'

 

 And when she had completed these eighty days we brought ht her into

the garden of Eden, for it is holier than all the earth besides and every

tree that is planted in it is holy.

 

 Therefore, there was ordained regarding her who bears a male or a

female child the statute of those days that she should touch no hallowed

thing, nor enter into the sanctuary until these days for the male or

female child are accomplished.

 

 This is the law and testimony which was written down for Israel, in

order that they should observe (it) all the days.

 

 And in the first week of the first jubilee. Adam and his wife were in

the garden of Eden for seven years tilling and keeping it, and we gave

him work and we instructed him to do everything hat is suitable for

tillage.

 

 And he tilled (the garden), and was naked and‑knew it not, and was

not ashamed, and he protected the garden from the birds and beasts and

cattle, and gathered its fruit, and eat, and put aside the residue for

himself and for his wife [and put aside that which was being kept].

 

 And after the completion of the seven years, which he had completed

there, seven years exactly, and in the second month, on the seventeenth

day (of the month), the serpent came and approached the woman, and the

serpent said to the woman, ' Hath God commanded you, [17] saying, Ye

shall not eat of every tree of the garden ? '

 

 And she said to it, ' Of all the fruit of the trees‑of the garden God

hath said unto us, Eat; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the

midst of the garden God hath said unto us, Ye shall not eat thereof,

neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.'

 

 And the serpent said unto the woman, ' Ye shall not surely die: for

God doth know that on the day ye shall eat thereof, your eyes will be

opened, and ye will be as gods, and ye will know good and evil.'

 

 And the woman saw the tree that it was agreeable and pleasant to the

eye, and that its fruit was good for food, and she took thereof and eat.

 

 

 And when she had first covered her shame with fig leaves, she gave

thereof to Adam and he eat, and his eyes were opened, and he saw that he

was naked.

 

 And he took fig leaves and sewed (them) together, and made an apron

for himself, and covered his shame.

 

 And God cursed the serpent, and was wroth with it for ever.

 

 And He was wroth with the woman, because she hearkened to the voice

of the serpent, and did eat; and He said unto her: ' I will greatly

multiply thy sorrow and thy pains: in sorrow thou shalt bring forth

children, and thy return shall be unto thy husband, and he will rule over

thee.'

 

 And to Adam also he said, ' Because thou hast hearkened unto the

voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree of which I commanded thee

that thou shouldst not eat thereof, cursed be the ground for thy sake:

thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to thee, and thou shalt eat thy

bread in the sweat of thy face, till thou returnest to the earth from

whence thou wast taken; for earth thou art, and unto earth shalt thou

return.'

 

 And He made for them coats of skin, and clothed them, and sent them

forth from the Garden of Eden.

 

 And on that day on which Adam went forth from the Garden, he offered

as a sweet savour an offering, frankincense, galbanum, and stacte, and

spices in the morning with the rising of the sun from the day when he

covered his shame.

 

 And on that day was closed the mouth of all beasts, and of cattle,

and of birds, and of whatever walks, and of whatever moves, so that they

could no longer speak: for they had all spoken one with another with one

lip and with one tongue.

 

 And He sent out of the Garden of Eden all flesh that was in the

Garden of Eden, and all flesh was scattered according to its kinds, and

according to its types unto the places which had been created for them.

 

 And to Adam alone did He give (the wherewithal) to cover his shame,

of all the beasts and cattle.

 

 On this account, it is prescribed on the heavenly tablets as touching

all those who know the judgment of the law, that they should cover their

shame, and should not uncover themselves as the Gentiles uncover

themselves.

 

 And on the new moon of the fourth month, Adam and his wife went forth

from the Garden of Eden, and they dwelt in the land of Eld‰ in the land

of their creation. [8 Anno Mundi]


 And Adam called the name of his wife Eve.

 

 And they had no son till the first jubilee, and after this he knew

her.

 

 

 Now he tilled the land as he had been instructed in the Garden of

Eden.

 

 

 And in the third week in the second jubilee she gave birth to Cain

[64‑70 A.M.], and in the fourth she  gave birth to Abel [71‑77 A.M], and

in the fifth she gave birth to her daughter Aw‰n [78‑84 A.M.]. 

 

 And in the first (year) of the third jubilee [99-105 A.M.] , Cain slew

Abel because (God) accepted the sacrifice of Abel, and did not accept  he

offering of Cain.

 

 And he slew him in the field: and his blood cried from the ground to

heaven, [18] complaining because he had slain him.

 

 And the Lord reproved Cain because of Abel, because he had slain him,

and he made him a fugitive on the earth because of the blood of his

brother, and he cursed him upon the earth.

 

 And on this account it is written on the heavenly tables, 'Cursed is

he who smites his neighbour treacherously, and let all who have seen and

heard say, So be it; and the man who has seen and not declared (it), let

him be accursed as the other.'


 And for this reason we announce when we come before the. Lord our God

all the sin which is committed in heaven and in earth, and in light and

in darkness, and everywhere.

 

 And Adam and his wife mourned for Abel four weeks of years, and in the

fourth year of the fifth week they became joyful, and Adam knew his wife

again, and she bare him a son, and he called his name Seth; for he said

'God has raised up a second seed unto us on the earth instead of Abel;

for Cain slew him.'

 

 And in the sixth week he begat his daughter Azžr‰ .

 

 And Cain tools Awan his sister to be his wife and she bare him Enoch

at‑the close of the fourth jubilee. And in the first year of the first

week of the fifth It jubilee, houses were built on the earth, and Cain

built a city, and called its name after the name of his son Enoch.

 

 And Adam knew Eve his wife and she bare yet nine sons.

 

 And in the fifth week  of the fifth jubilee Seth took Azžr‰ his

sister to be his wife, and in the fourth (year of the sixth  week) she

bare him Enos.

 

 He began to call on the name of the Lord on the earth.

 

 And in the seventh jubilee in the third week Enos took N™‰m his

sister to be his wife, and she bare him a son  in the third year of the

fifth week, and he called his name Kenan.

 

 And at the close of the eighth jubilee Kenan took MžalÉlÉth his

sister to be his wife and she bare him a son in the ninth jubilee, in the

first week in the third year of this week, and he called his name

Mahalalel.

 

 And in the second week of the tenth jubilee Mahalalel took unto him

to wife D”n‰h, the daughter of Bar‰ls”'Él the daughter of his father's

brother, and she bare him a son in the third week in the sixth year, and

he called his name Jared; for in his days the angels of the Lord

descended on the earth, those who are named the Watchers, that they

should instruct the children of men, and that they should do judgment and

uprightness on the earth.

 

And in the eleventh jubilee Jared took to himself a wife, and her

name was B‰raka, the daughter of R‰s””j‰l, a daughter of his father's

brother, in the fourth week of this jubilee, and she bare him a son in

the fifth week, in the fourth year of the jubilee, and  he called his

name Enoch [A.M. 522].

 

 And he was the first among men that are born on earth who learnt

writing and knowledge and wisdom and who wrote down the signs of heaven

according to the order of their months in a book, that men might know the

seasons of the years according to the order of heir separate months.

 

 And he was the first to write a testimony. and he testified to the

sons of men among the generations of the earth, and recounted the weeks

of the jubilees, and made known to them the days of the years, and set in

order the months and recounted the Sabbaths of the years as we made

(them), known to him.

 

 And what was and what will be he saw in a vision of his sleep, as it

will happen to the children of men throughout their generations until the

day of judgment; he saw and understood everything, and wrote his

testimony, and placed the testimony on earth for all the children of men

and for their generations. 

 

  And in the twelfth jubilee, in the seventh week [19] thereof, he

took to himself a wife, and her name was Edni, the daughter of Danel, the

daughter of his father's brother, and in the sixth year in this week she

bare him a son and he called his name Methuselah [587 A.M.].

 

 And he was moreover with the angels of God these six jubilees of

years, and they showed him everything which is on earth and in the

heavens, the rule of the sun, and he wrote down everything.


 And he testified to the Watchers, who had sinned with the daughters

of men; for these had begun to unite themselves, so as to be defiled,

with the daughters of men, and Enoch testified against (them) all.

descended on the earth, those who are n23. And he was taken from amongst

the children of men, and we conducted him into the Garden of Eden in

majesty and honour, and behold there he writes down the condemnation and

judgment of the world, and all the wickedness of the children of men.

 

 And on account of it (God) brought the waters of the flood upon all

the land of Eden; for there he was set as a sign and that he should

testify against all the children of men, that he should recount all the

deeds of the generations until the day of condemnation.

 

 And he burnt the incense of the sanctuary, (even) sweet spices

acceptable before the Lord on the Mount.

 

 For the Lord has four places on the earth, the Garden of Eden, and

the Mount of the East, and this mountain on which thou art this day,

Mount Sinai, and Mount Zion (which) will be sanctified in the next

creation for a sanctification of the earth; through it will the earth be

sanctified from all (its) guilt and its uncleanness through out the

generations of the world.

 

 And in the fourteenth jubilee [642 A.M.]Methuselah took unto himself

a wife, Edn‰ the daughter of 'Azr”‰l, the daughter of his father's

brother, in the third week, in the first year of this week [701-07 A.M.],

and he begat a son and called his name Lamech.

 

 And in the fifteenth  jubilee in the third week Lamech took to

himself a wife, and her name was BetÉn™s the daughter of B‰r‰k”'”l, the

daughter of his father's brother, and in this week she bare him a son and

he called his name Noah, saying, 'This one will comfort me for my trouble

and all my work, and for the ground which the Lord hath cursed.'

 

 And at the close of the nineteenth jubilee, in the seventh week in

[930 A.M.] the sixth year thereof, Adam died, and all his sons buried him

in the land of his creation, and he as the first to be buried in the

earth.

 

 And he lacked seventy years of one thousand years; for one thousand

years are as one day in the testimony of the heavens and therefore was it

written concerning the tree of knowledge: 'On the day that ye eat thereof

ye shall die.' For this reason he did not complete the years of this day;

for he died during it.

 

 At the close of this jubilee Cain was killed after him in the same

year, for his house fell upon him and he died in the midst of his house,

and he was killed by its stones; for with a stone he had killed Abel, and

by a stone was he killed in righteous judgment.

 

 For this reason it was ordained on the heavenly tablets: ' With the

instru­ment with which a man kills his neighbour with the same shall he

be killed; after the manner that he wounded him, in like manner shall

they deal with him.'

 

 And in the twenty‑fifth jubilee Noah  took to himself a wife [1205

A.M.], and her name was 'Emz‰r‰, the daughter of R‰kÉ'el, the daughter of

his father's brother, in the first year in the fifth week: and in the

third year thereof she bare him Shem [1207 A.M.], in the fifth year

thereof she bare him Ham [1209 A.M.], and in the first year in the sixth

week she bare him Japheth [1212 A.M.].

 

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