"Can the boar change its skin?" Esau's speech in Jubilees 37:18-23

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The poetic speech attributed to Esau in Jub. 37:18-27 reflects the author's conviction that the gentile nations are intrinsically evil and thus, despite any oath they may swear, cannot maintain peaceful relations with Israel. This view is presented via fauna imagery drawn from biblical and non-biblical sources alike, Esau/the gentile nations being compared to predators and Jacob/Israel represented as domesticated animals. While corresponding to the general ideology of Jubilees, this text also demonstrates affinities with contemporary writings, particularly the Enochic Animal Apocalypse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-94
Number of pages20
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Religious studies


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