Expectations of a Royal Messiah in the Book of Jubilees? The Case of Judah

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Recent scholars of early Jewish messianic expectations have often neglected the Book of Jubilees in their surveys. Those scholars who do discuss Jubilees have mostly focused on chs. 30–32. In his contribution, the author focuses on the portrayal of Judah in the whole book instead, and seeks for possible messianic traits in the figure of Judah. He analyses how the author portrays Judah in stories of the wars between Jacob and his enemies (chs 34 and 38), in the rewritten versions of the story of Judah and Tamar (ch. 41) and the Joseph story (chs. 42–44) and, finally, in the blessings of Rebekah and Isaac on Levi and Judah (ch. 31).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHerald of Good Tidings
Subtitle of host publicationEssays on the Bible, Prophecy and the Hope of Israel in Honour of Antti Laato
EditorsPekka Lindqvist, Lotta Valve
Place of PublicationSheffield
PublisherSheffield phoenix press
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)978-1-914490-01-9
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

NameHebrew Bible Monographs
PublisherSheffield Phoenix Press
ISSN (Print)1747-9614


  • Jubilees
  • Genesis
  • Judah
  • Messiah
  • Messianism
  • Reception History
  • Levi
  • Pseudepigrapha


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