Jubilees

A new entry into the list of extra-biblical traditions in the New Testament.

“Therefore the wisdom of God also said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute.'” – Luke 11:49

“And I will send witnesses unto them, that I may witness against them, but they will not hear, and will slay the witnesses also, and they will persecute those who seek the law.” – Book of Jubilees 1:12

The Book of Jubilees is one of the most commonly quoted extra-biblical writings in the New Testament; because of this it is in fact considered Scriptural itself by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. It is a retelling of the stories of Genesis and Exodus with a commentary for the contemporary reader. It was originally written in Hebrew in about 200 BC and was widely popular amongst ancient Jews and Christians alike, being considered Scripture by many in both camps.

And here we have it quoted, according to St. Luke, by none other than Christ himself, and what a ringing endorsement he gives it! He attributes the words of this quote to “the wisdom of God.” Interestingly, Christ is the Wisdom of God (see 1 Corinthians 1:24, for instance)!

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