The Book Of Jubilees -- By: George H. Schodde

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 043:171 (Jul 1886)
Article: The Book Of Jubilees
Author: George H. Schodde


The Book Of Jubilees

Geo. H. Schodde

Chap. 12:1. And it happened in the sixth week, in the seventh year thereof, Abram said unto Tarah, his father, saying, “Father!” And he said, “Behold, here I am, my son!” 2. And he said: “What assistance and what pleasure have we from all the idols which thou dost worship and before which thou dost prostrate thyself? 3. For there is no spirit in them, but they are dumb statues and a deception of the heart: do not worship them. 4. Worship the God of heaven, who sends down dew and rain upon the earth and does everything upon the earth and has created everything through his word and all living things are from before his face. 5. Why do ye worship those who have no heart and spirit in them; for they are the works of hands, and upon your shoulders do ye carry them, and ye have from them no help, but a great disgrace to those who make them and a deception of the heart to those who worship them: do not worship them!” 6. And Tarah said: “I also know it, my son; but what shall I do with this people who command me that I should serve them? 7. If I tell them the truth, they will slay me; for their soul clings to them to worship and to glorify them. 8. Keep silent, my son, lest they slay thee!” 9. And these words he spoke to his two brothers, and they became angry at him, and he kept silent. 10. And in the fortieth jubilee, in the second week, in the seventh year thereof, Abram took to himself a wife, and her name was Sara, the daughter of his father, and

she became to him a wife. 11. And Arân, his brother, took to himself [a wife] in the third year of this week, and his wife bare him a son in the seventh year of this week, and he called his name Lot. 12. And Nachor also, his brother, took to himself a wife. 13. And in the [sixtieth] year of the life of Abram, that is, in the fourth year of the fourth week, Abram arose in the night, and burned down the house of his idols, and burned all that was in the house, and there was no man that knew it. 14. And they arose in the night and desired to save their idols from the midst of the flame. 15. And Arân ran in order to save them, and the fire burned over him and he burned in the midst of the fire, and he died in Ur of the Chaldees before Tarah, his father, and they buried him in Ur. 16. And Tarah went away from Ur of the Chaldees, he and his sons, in order to come into the land of the Lebanon and into the land of Canaan; and he dwelt in Haran, and Abram dwelt with his father Tarah in Haran two weeks of years. 17. And in the sixth week, in the fifth year thereof, Abram arose and sat in the night at the new moon of the seventh in month, so that he might observe the stars from the evening to the morning, so that he might know what would be the charact...

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