How Long was Abraham’s Sojourn in Haran? Traditions Regarding the Patriarch in Compositions from Qumran

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Abstract

Although the Bible is silent regarding the length of Abraham’s sojourn in Haran, three exegetical compositions found at Qumran—Jubilees, Pseudo-Jubilees (4Q225), and the Commentary on Genesis A (4Q252)—specify the length of time the patriarch dwelt in the city. Analysis of the chronological data reveals that the disparate number given in each of these texts embodies each composition’s specific purpose. Comparison of the chronological data in Jubilees and Pseudo-Jubilees is of special interest. Although Milik assigned the latter its title on the grounds that it contains terms and/or motives familiar from Jubilees, examination of the material relating to Abraham’s sojourn in Haran indicates that Pseudo-Jubilees represents a divergent tradition. The fact that the two compositions exhibit additional dissimilarities—such as a different selection of reworked biblical passages—suggests that the name “Pseudo-Jubilees” is inappropriate for the manuscript from Cave 4.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-210
Journalמגילות
Volume8
StatePublished - 2010

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