The Deep Sleep of Adam and Abram in the Book of Jubilees

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In his article on instances of "deep sleep" (Gen 2:21 and 15:12) in the Hebrew Bible and their reception in the book of Jubilees, Topias Tanskanen traces different interpretations of the term as reflected in varying translation choices. While in the Ethiopic Jubilees' rendition of Gen 2:21, "deep sleep" is translated with the respective word for "sleep, slumber," underlining the passivity of Adam vis-à-vis God's sovereign action, in Gen 15:12 the same Hebrew term is rendered with a Ge'ez term signifying a tumultuous state of mind, involving fear and terror, rendering someone unable to act. This suggest at least some kind of conscious participation of Abraham in the act of covenant-making in Jubilees' rendition of the narrative. The article also opens up and discusses the issues of retroversion from Ge'ez and/or Latin to the reconstructed Hebrew of Jubilees by taking "deep sleep" as a case study.
Titel på värdpublikationUnderstanding Abnormalities in Biblical Figures
RedaktörerGuido Baltes, Lukas Bormann, Martin Meiser
FörlagNetwork for the Study of the Reception History of the Bible, Åbo Akademi University (Distribution: Eisenbrauns - Pennsylvania State University Press)
Antal sidor21
ISBN (tryckt)978-952-12-4243-4
StatusPublicerad - 2022
MoE-publikationstypA4 Artikel i en konferenspublikation
EvenemangUnderstanding Abnormalities in Biblical Figures - Philipps-Universität Marburg, Marburg, Tyskland
Varaktighet: 8 okt. 20209 okt. 2020


NamnStudies in the Reception History of the Bible
FörlagNetwork for the Study of the Reception History of the Bible
ISSN (tryckt)2342-5741


KonferensUnderstanding Abnormalities in Biblical Figures


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