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Unedited and unaltered. First published in Get a copy that has not been fooled around with. These days that can be hard to find. According to some sources, this book was once the original start of the Bible.
Whether that was true or not, we do know that it was once contained in the Bible, being referred to in Joshua and Second Samuel. It states, "Is not this written in the Book of Jasher? These references have puzzled Bible students and scholars for centuries. Many versions of this book have appeared over the years and were proven to be forgeries.
Therefore this version, which seems to be the clear and legitimate one, is often dismissed due to those many "pretenders" in the past. According to the translator in his Preface , the reference to Jasher in Second Samuel is one place that authenticates this book, stating how it clears up an otherwise vague Biblical reference.
At the same time he admits that some things seem to have been added to the book over the years, but that has happened to other works and, according to him, should not change the overall legitimacy found here. Not being experts in ancient Hebrew, we can only provide this rare work to the world and let those who read it be the judges as to its legitimacy and value.
Although we are not entirely sure, careful study of this book may in fact prove the claim to be true. The story behind The Book of Jasher is an interesting one. The Jewish priest named Esdras, or Ezra, was among the able-bodied men taken to Babylon as prisoners after Nebuchadnezzer captured Jerusalem in BC.
While there, Esdras studied holy Chaldean scrolls that dealt with the Creation. He condensed these works into scrolls that later became the Pentateuch, according to some, and they were then attributed to Moses.
These scrolls later became part of the library at Alexandria. Around AD the custodian at the library was informed of a plot to burn it down, so quickly gathered some of the more valuable scrolls together and sent them to Arabia for safe-keeping. One of them was The Book of Jasher. The library was indeed burned down, but Jasher, among only a few other valuable works, was saved.
The Book Of Jasher (1840)
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Book of Jasher, Chapter 79
Just a comment for your consideration. And when the children of Israel had entered the sea, the Egyptians came after them, and the waters of the sea resumed upon them, and they all sank in the water, and not one man was left excepting Pharaoh, who gave thanks to the Lord and believed in him, therefore the Lord did not cause him to perish at that time with the Egyptians. And the Lord ordered an angel to take him from amongst the Egyptians, who cast him upon the land of Ninevah and he reigned over it for a long time. The Psalms you quote says otherwise: "But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever. Does this say that the writings of these ancients were unreliable?
BOOK OF JASHER 1840 PDF
It is understandable that some may feel that it is impossible or unlikely that this volume could really be the original book of Jasher. The issue is compounded by the existence of several works by the name Sefer Hayasher. It is clearly not a book of history, but an ethical text that was probably written in the 13th century. Its introduction cites several other "Books of Jasher", some of which are no longer known to be in existence, such as that by Zerahiah Ha-Yevani of the 13th century. There is also known to have been one written by Rabbi Jacob ben Mier of the 12th century, and one by Rabbi Jonah ben Abraham of Gerona of the 14th century. We are told of a work by that title from the Amoraim period 3rd to 6th centuries that is characterized as containing "for the most part sayings of the sages of the first and second centuries".