[It is always the general rule of thumb not to solely take the author’s word throughout these studies, but to pray and seek the face of Yahuah for one’s self, and let the Spirit lead you into all truth (John 16:13-15).]
This find seems to serve as strong supporting evidence the Book of Jubilees was once considered actual scripture.
Unfortunately we live in a day-and-age where the Church is generally taught, if it’s not in the Bible, it’s not valid! Fortunately, we are also living in a day-and-age where we can discern for ourselves nothing could be father from the truth; as these Last Days of Daniel 12:4 continue to rapidly approach the return of our Adonia Yahushua Ha’Mashiach (our Lord Jesus Christ).
Yahushua often said, those who have ears to hear, let them hear (e.g. Matthew 13:43, Mark 4:9, etc.). It seems these words from Messiah are so common-place in our scriptures, many (including myself at one point) tend to loose sight of what He was actually saying: Those who have ears to hear, LET THEM HEAR. Surely, immediate strife and contention is not how we are called to act when being taught or presented something that goes beyond our own personal theological echo chambers (Proverbs 10:12). Shutting ears from wisdom through cognitive dissonance or ignorance defies the very principle thing from which we are to be searching after in our own personal Walk in The Way (Proverbs 4:7-13).
To get to the point, the apocryphal and extra biblical texts almost always gets knocked down by those who don’t read them, or actually spend time in them. So before we explore this exciting find, let’s build a small case why this study has any foundational validity whatsoever.
For those who have ears to hear, let them hear:
Is this study biblically valid or even relevant?
The scriptural record tells us after the First Temple was destroyed and the children of Yashar’el were exiled into Babylon, the fountains of living waters (the Word) of Yah were not inherently as accessible until the days of Ezra and Nehemiah (Nehemiah 8).
The apocryphal book of 2nd Esdras, Chapter 14 gives an account of the restoration of our written scriptures — including the other apocryphal and extra canonical texts:
45. And it came to pass, when the forty days were filled, that El Elyon spoke, saying, The first that you have written publish openly, that the worthy and unworthy may read it.2nd Esdras 14:45-47 (Cepher)
46. But keep the seventy last, that you may deliver them only to such as be wise among the people:
47. For in them is the spring of understanding, the fountain of wisdom, and the stream of knowledge.
Now whether the actual account we read of in 2nd Esdras 14 is historically true or not becomes besides the point, in that anyone who has spent time this invaluable apocryphal work would know it’s prophetic significance and exquisite parabolic biblical accuracy. It’s enough to take the claims of chapter 14 seriously, or at least understand it must hold some theological validity. —Besides, right off the bat, anyone who has indeed spent time in the appropriate apocryphal and extra biblical texts (Enoch 104:10-13), would know the claims given here in verses 45-47 are precisely what we find when one does so!
This all serves the case in point because astoundingly, 2nd Esdras 14:1-6 tells also us while Moses was on Mt. Sinai, he wrote other texts outside the canonical Torah, to seemingly serve the same purpose!:
5. And told him many wonderous things, and showed him the secrets of the times, and the end; and commanded him, saying,2nd Esdras 14:5-6 (Cepher)
6. These words shall you declare, and these you shall hide.
As consistent as the 2nd Book of Esdras continues to be, of course, the apocryphal and extra biblical archives absolutely verify this claim! The Book of Jubilees (aka Little Genesis) — being one of the most valued and highly esteemed books of the apocryphal and sacred text archive; claimed to be written by Moses himself, nearly 1,000 years before the time of Ezra — let alone before 2nd Esdras could of even possibly have been originally written. The clear validation of Jubilees can easily be seen in chapter 1, as it serves not as some mere counterfeit of Genesis to be overlooked, but actual prophecy from the Inspired mind of Yah (compare Jeremiah 2)!
So, to understand or to properly determine how biblically valid this study is, one must decipher for themselves to understand how biblically valid the 2nd Book of Esdras, Jubilees, and the Lost Psalms from the Dead Sea Scrolls are; which they do prove to be. May the reader understand…
Authorship of the Lost Psalms from the Dead Sea Scrolls (11Q5 and 4Q88)
The lost canonical psalms of the Dead Sea Scrolls (though variant through the Syriac — only 5 of which were canonized), are now typically known as Psalms 151-160. Some of the Psalms are attributed to David; another to Hezekiah; while the remaining don’t claim any validating author; if any truly can. What is for sure, is the majority of these psalms show to be Inspired, and should be taken seriously. The particular verses of Psalm 160:4 and Jubilees 2:3 are certainly no exception. A brief explanation into the depths of this matter is covered in the above summarized video.
Jubilees 2:3 and Psalm 160:4
He created the abysses and the darkness, evening and night, and the light, dawn and day, which he has prepared in the knowledge of his heart.Jubilees 2:3 (Cepher)
He divides light from obscurity; He establishes the dawn by the knowledge of His heart.Psalm 160:4 (Dead Sea Scrolls 11Q5, 4Q88)
The significance of this find is actually a pretty big deal. Though the origin of the Psalm 160 is not precisely known, what is definite is that these texts where written approximately 1,000 years apart (discerning the strong evidence to confirm Moses did indeed write Jubilees. May the reader understand.)! Clearly, whoever authored Psalm 160 considered the Book of Jubilees as known and accepted scripture. We can discern this through the seemingly obscure reference to these verses, as well as their deep theological depths; which clearly — when grasped — could only be conceived as coming from the heart and mind of Yah.
Though there are arguably minor peppered instances in Jubilees that seem to contradict the account of Genesis, it must be strongly stated that the reader must use discernment and consideration when reading these lost ancient texts. Obviously, throughout the sands of time, things can easily get lost in translation and antiquity. Remember what we learned from 2nd Esdras: this text was likely written with the intent to be reserved for the wise; as other apocryphal works. —This perfectly makes sense of all the bubbling springs of understanding so commonly unveiled in the according extra biblical texts! So a few questionable verses in our modern translations of Jubilees should not ruin an entire biblically and doctrinally sound text dating back to Sanai.
Thank you for taking the time to read and consider this study. As iron sharpens iron, I pray this served as a blessing and edification to the living Body of Messiah; and the like!