Sacrifice of Noah, 1-3 (cf. Gen. vii.20-2). God's convenant with Noah, eating of blood forbidden,
4-10 (cf. Gen. ix. 1-17). Moses bidden to renew this law against the eating of blood, 11-14.
Bow set in the clouds for a sign, 15-16. Feast of weeks instituted, history of its observances, 17-22.
Feast of the new moons, 23-8. Division of the year into 364 days, 29-38.
- And on the new moon of the third month he went forth from the ark, and built an altar
- And he made atonement for the earth, and took a kid and made
atonement by its blood for all the guilt of the earth; for everything that had been on it had been
those that were in the ark with Noah.
- And he placed the fat thereof on the altar, and he
took an ox, and a goat, and a sheep and kids, and salt, and a turtle-dove, and the young of a dove,
and placed a burnt sacrifice on the altar, and poured thereon an offering mingled with oil, and
sprinkled wine and strewed frankincense over everything, and caused a goodly savour to arise,
- And the Lord smelt the goodly savour, and He made a covenant with him that
there should not be any more a flood to destroy the earth; that all the days of the earth seed-time
and harvest should never cease; cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night should
change their order, nor cease for ever.
- 'And you, increase ye and multiply upon the
earth, and become many upon it, and be a blessing upon it. The fear of you and the dread of you I
inspire in everything that is on earth and in the sea.
- And behold I have given unto you
all beasts, and all winged things, and everything that moves on the earth, and the fish in the
waters, and all
things for food; as the green herbs, I have given you all things to eat.
- But flesh, with the
life thereof, with the blood, ye shall not eat; for the life of all flesh is in the blood, lest your blood
of your lives be required. At the hand of every man, at the hand of every (beast) will I require
blood of man.
- Whoso sheddeth man's blood by man shall his blood be shed, for in the
God made He man.
- And you, increase ye, and multiply on the earth.'
- And Noah and
his sons swore that they would not eat any blood that was in any flesh, and he made a covenant
Lord God for ever throughout all the generations of the earth in this month.
- On this
account He spake to thee that thou shouldst make a covenant with the children of Israel in this
month upon the mountain with an oath, and that thou shouldst sprinkle blood upon them because
of all the words
of the covenant, which the Lord made with them for ever.
- And this testimony is
written concerning you that you should observe it continually, so that you should not eat on any
day any blood of beasts or birds or cattle during all the days of the earth, and the man who eats
the blood of beast or of cattle or of birds during all the days of the earth, he and his seed shall be
rooted out of the land.
- And do thou command the children of Israel to eat no blood, so that their names and
may be before the Lord our God continually.
- And for this law there is no limit of days,
for it is for ever. They shall observe it throughout their generations, so that they may continue
supplicating on your behalf with blood before the altar; every day and at the time of morning and
evening they shall seek forgiveness on your behalf perpetually before the Lord that they may keep
it and not be rooted out.
- And He gave to Noah and his sons a sign that there should
be a flood on the earth.
- He set His bow in the cloud for a sign of the eternal covenant
should not again be a flood on the earth to destroy it all the days of the earth.
- For this
reason it is ordained and written on the heavenly tablets, that they should celebrate the feast of
weeks in this
month once a year, to renew the covenant every year.
- And this whole festival was
celebrated in heaven from the day of creation till the days of Noah -twenty-six jubilees and five
weeks of years [1309-1659 A.M.]: and Noah and his sons observed it for seven jubilees and one
week of years, till the day of Noah's death, and from the day of Noah's death his sons did away
with (it) until the days of Abraham, and
they eat blood.
- But Abraham observed it, and Isaac and Jacob and his children
observed it up to thy days, and in thy days the children of Israel forgot it until ye celebrated it
anew on this mountain.
- And do thou command the children of Israel to observe this festival in all their
generations for a
commandment unto them: one day in the year in this month they shall celebrate the
- For it is the feast of weeks and the feast of first fruits: this feast is twofold and of a
according to what is written and engraven concerning it, celebrate it.
- For I have
written in the book of the first law, in that which I have written for thee, that thou shouldst
celebrate it in its season, one day in the year, and I explained to thee its sacrifices that the children
of Israel should remember and should celebrate it throughout their generations in this month, one
day in every year.
- And on the new moon of the first month, and on the new moon of the fourth month,
and on the new moon of the seventh month, and on the new moon of the tenth month are the days
of remembrance, and the days of the seasons in the four divisions of the year. These are written
as a testimony for ever.
- And Noah ordained them for himself as feasts for the
generations for ever,
so that they have become thereby a memorial unto him.
- And on the new moon of the
first month he was bidden to make for himself an ark, and on that (day) the earth became dry and
(the ark) and saw the earth.
- And on the new moon of the fourth month the mouths of
the depths of the abyss beneath were closed. And on the new moon of the seventh month all the
the abysses of the earth were opened, and the waters began to descend into them.
on the new
moon of the tenth month the tops of the mountains were seen, and Noah was glad.
- And on this account he ordained them for himself as feasts for a memorial for ever, and thus are
- And they placed them on the heavenly tablets, each had thirteen weeks; from one to
another (passed) their memorial, from the first to the second, and from the second to the third,
and from the
third to the fourth.
- And all the days of the commandment will be two and fifty weeks
of days, and (these will make) the entire year complete. Thus it is engraven and ordained on the
- And there is no neglecting (this commandment) for a single year or from year
- And command thou the children of Israel that they observe the years according to this
reckoning- three hundred and sixty-four days, and (these) will constitute a complete year, and
they will not disturb its time from its days and from its feasts; for everything will fall out in them
their testimony, and they will not leave out any day nor disturb any feasts.
- But if they
do neglect and do not observe them according to His commandment, then they will disturb all
their seasons and the years will be dislodged from this (order), [and they will disturb the seasons
and the years
will be dislodged] and they will neglect their ordinances.
- And all the children of Israel
will forget and will not find the path of the years, and will forget the new moons, and seasons, and
and they will go wrong as to all the order of the years.
- For I know and from
henceforth will I declare it unto thee, and it is not of my own devising; for the book (lies) written
before me, and on the heavenly tablets the division of days is ordained, lest they forget the feasts
of the covenant
and walk according to the feasts of the Gentiles after their error and after their
- For there will be those who will assuredly make observations of the moon -how (it)
seasons and comes in from year to year ten days too soon.
- For this reason the years
will come upon them when they will disturb (the order), and make an abominable (day) the day of
testimony, and an unclean day a feast day, and they will confound all the days, the holy with the
unclean, and the unclean day with the holy; for they will go wrong as to the months and sabbaths
and feasts and
- For this reason I command and testify to thee that thou mayst testify to them;
for after thy death thy children will disturb (them), so that they will not make the year three
hundred and sixty-four days only, and for this reason they will go wrong as to the new moons and
seasons and sabbaths and festivals, and they will eat all kinds of blood with all kinds of flesh.