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The Book of Jasher: The J. H. Parry Text In Modern English

by Joseph Lumpkin

in Religion & Theology

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The value of The Book of Jasher is seen in the large quantity of additional detail revealed in the period between divine creation and the time of Joshua’s leadership over Israel when the Israelites enter into the land of Canaan. The Book of Jasher includes details about the antediluvian patriarchs, angels, watchers, the flood, the tower of Babel, and many other events mentioned in the Bible. The tales are expanded and infused with detail not previously available.

There are three separate and different books named Jasher. However, the Mormon Church (otherwise known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) considers this rendition of Jasher to be the book referenced in the Old Testament. The belief of the church leadership is bolstered by the preface in the 1625 version, which claims its original source came from the ruins of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.

Jasher is held in high repute by many Mormons but is not officially endorsed by the Mormon Church. The official stance of the Mormon Church falls short of making Jasher part of their Holy Scriptures but does endorse the book as being valid and authentic. The Mormon Church places the book of Jasher on the same level as other apocryphal writings and states as much in the church magazine The Ensign. After reviewing the standard scholarly analysis of how the book appears to have been composed of old Jewish legends, The Book of Jasher is considered to be of great benefit to the reader.

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