By James Goodman
'I did not imagine he'd do it. i actually did not imagine he might. i assumed he'd say, whoa, carry on, wait a minute. We made a deal, take into accout, the land, the blessing, the kingdom, the descendants as a variety of because the sands at the shore and the celebrities within the sky.'
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Jubilees’s Abraham offered Isaac on the fifteenth day of the first month, the same day of the year that Jews in Egypt would later sacrifice a lamb to keep the Destroyer away from their firstborn. He thereby located the origins of the paschal offering in the religious life of the first Jew. His Abraham marked the near sacrifice with a seven-day festival (three days from Beersheba to Moriah, three days back, one day for Sabbath), a festival that just happened to coincide with the seven-day festival Jubilees knew (and we know) as Passover.
The sacrifice story. ” G’s friend shrugged. ” And it was: not all of it by any means, but the work the editors considered the best of it. There was—in addition to legend—genealogy, biography, and history. There were legal codes, cultic rituals and regulations, poetry, even the lyrics to some songs. “You should read it,” G’s friend said. ” He couldn’t and didn’t. He ate. He slept. He went to his table but never stayed for long. He walked more. He talked less. His wife was worried. Nothing she could say or do was the right thing to say or do, until what she did, whether out of frustration, or exasperation, or simple curiosity, was to start reading the book herself.
I wanted to revise it. ” “Relax,” she said. ” “Yes. They’ll revise it. They seem unable not to. Read it. ” So he did. He read, several hours a day for several weeks, and he saw. He saw exactly what she meant. With all due respect, it took careful reading, but no prophetic powers. If all you had in your hands was the anthology—no later translations into Aramaic, Greek, Latin, Syriac, Coptic, Arabic, or Persian—no commentary, no theories about how the book was put together, or when or by whom, no inside knowledge of the degree to which editors revised as they combined, juxtaposed, and synthesized writings produced by different schools or different traditions in different places at different times—nothing but the writings themselves, you would know it.
Abraham and His Son. The story of a story by James Goodman