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Jubilees 4

The Book of Jubilees

From The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament

by R.H. Charles, Oxford: Clarendon Press,

1913.

Scanned and Edited by Joshua Williams, Northwest Nazarene College.


Chapter 4

Cain and Abel and other children of Adam, 1-12. Enos, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, 13-15. Enoch and his history, 16-25. Four sacred places, 26. Methuselah, Lamech, Noah, 27, 28. Death of Adam and Cain, 29-32. Shem, Ham, and Japhet,32. (Cf. Gen. iv-v.)

And in the third week in the second jubilee (64-70 AM) she gave birth to Cain, and in the fourth (71-77 AM) she gave birth to Abel, and in the fifth (78-84 AM) she gave birth to her daughter .

And in the first (year) of the third jubilee (99-105 AM), Cain slew Abel because (God) accepted the sacrifice of Abel, and did not accept the offering of Cain.

And he slew him in the field: and his blood cried from the ground to heaven, 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 on earth, and in light and in darkness, and everywhere.

And Adam and his wife mourned for Abel four weeks of years, (99-127 AM) and in the fourth year of the fifth week (130 AM) 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 (134-140 AM) he begat his daughter Az

And Cain took his sister to be his wife and she bare him Enoch at the close of the fourth jubilee. (190-196 AM) And in the first year of the first week of the fifth jubilee, (197 AM) 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 (225-231 AM) Seth took Az his sister to be his wife, and in the fourth (year of the sixth week) (235 AM) 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 (309-315 AM) Enos took Nm his sister to be his wife, and she bare him a son in the third year of the fifth week (325 AM), and he called his name Kenan.

And at the close of the eighth jubilee (386-392 AM) Kenan took Mlh 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, (395 AM) and he called his name Mahalalel.

And in the second week of the tenth jubilee (449-455 AM) Mahalalel took unto him to wife Dinah, the daughter of Barakiel the daughter of his father's brother, and she bare him a son in the third week in the sixth year, (461 AM) 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 (490-539 AM) Jared took to himself a wife, and her name was Baraka, the daughter of R, a daughter of his father's brother, in the fourth week of this jubilee, (512-518 AM) and she bare him a son in the fifth week, in the fourth year of the jubilee (522 AM), and he called his name Enoch.

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 their 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 thereof (575-581 AM), he took to himself a wife, and her name was Edna, the daughter of Danel, the daughter of his father's brother, and in the sixth year in this week (587 AM) she bare him a son and he called his name Methuselah.

And he was moreover with the angels of God these six jubilees of years (294 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.

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 new 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 (638-697 AM) Methuselah took unto himself a wife, Edna the daughter of Azrial, the daughter of his father's brother, in the third week, in the first year of this week, (657 AM) and he begat a son and called his name Lamech.

And in the fifteenth jubilee in the third week (701-707 AM) Lamech took to himself a wife, and her name was Betenos the daughter of Baraki'il, the daughter of his father's brother, and in this week (701-707 AM) 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 the sixth year thereof (930 AM), Adam died, and all his sons buried him in the land of his creation, and he was 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 (930 AM) 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 (1177-1225 AM) jubilee Noah took to himself a wife, and her name was `Emz the daughter of R#39;, the daughter of his father's brother, in the first year in the fifth week (1204 AM): and in the third year thereof (1206 AM) she bare him Shem, in the fifth year thereof (1208 AM) she bare him Ham, and in the first year in the sixth week (1211 AM) she bare him Japheth.

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