In this episode, we will continue our exploration of satanic figures in Second Temple texts. After recapping our last episode, we will discuss the varied role of Mastema in the Book of Jubilees, both as the head of the Watchers and as the “Satan stand-in” for most of the book.
Why did the author of Jubilees bring Mastema into the story? What problems does he “solve”? And how powerful is he supposed to be?
Along the way, we discuss the nature of ancient literature and the concept of the “new generation,” both in the ancient world and today. To learn more, just press “play”! And as always, please leave me your questions and comments below.