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C. ). To the service of this dogma the writer of the book of Jubilees has lent his pen. He again and again maintains the thesis that the law existed from eternity, although revealed in full only through Moses; that even in heaven, before the creation, the angels observed the festivals, services, and ceremonies of this law; that throughout their lives the patriarchs all strictly carried out its behests. All these things were written on the "tablets of heaven," and were gradually introduced among the pious fathers as occasion offered an opportunity, and the teachings concerning them were laid down in writing at the very beginning, which books of mystery were handed down from father to son in theocratic succession.

And Adam knew Eve, his wife, and she brought forth yet nine sons. 11. And in the fifth week of this jubilee Seth took Azura his sister to himself as wife, and in the fourth (year) she brought forth for him Enos. 12. And he began first to call upon the name of the Lord on the earth. 13. And in the seventh jubilee, in the fifth week, Enos took Noem his sister to himself as wife, and she brought forth for him a son in the third year of the fifth week, and called his name Cainan. 14. And at the end of the eighth jubilee Cainan took to himself as wife Mualet his sister, and she bore for him a son in the ninth jubilee, in the first week, in the third year of this week, and he called his name Malalel.

And on that day he created for it (the water) the abysses of the seas, according to their separate gathering places, and all the rivers and the * The idea underlying this and similar expressions found so frequently in the Jewish apocalypses is that all objects in nature which can be agencies for good or for evil are under the management of particular angels who direct their use according to the will of the Lord. Especially is this the case in the Noachic fragments of Enoch. Cf. the translator's version of that book (Andover, 1882), chap.

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