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The Books of Jasher

by Joseph Lumpkin

in Religion & Theology

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This volume includes The Book of Jasher: The J.H. Parry Text and The Book of Jasher, also called Pseudo-Jasher: The Flaccus Albinus Alcuinus Text.

History has given us two unique books by the same name. One of these could be the book of records mentioned in the Holy Bible. If we have found the lost Book of Jasher, it could open up a new and expanded history of the time between creation and the conquest of the Promised Land.

The Book Of Jasher, or Sefer Ha Yashar, is referred to in the books of Joshua and Second Samuel of the Holy Bible.

“Behold it is written in the Book of Jasher.”–II Samuel, i. 18
“Is not this written in the Book of Jasher?”–Joshua, x. 13.

Jasher (Yashar) is a Hebrew word meaning “upright”. Jasher is not the name of the author or any prophet or judge of Israel, as scholars had previously thought. The name refers to the fact that the record, facts, and history are upright, correct, and thus, trustworthy.

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.

Joseph B. Lumpkin

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