Skip to comments.Anyone ever heard of the "Book of Jasher", and if so what did everyone think of it?
Posted on 02/14/2013 5:59:36 AM PST by US Navy Vet
I have been reading it, was kinda impressed.
I thought that the part that coincided w/ Gen 6 provided some CREEPILY expanded info. The time right before the WORLDWIDE Flood was just WIERD!
The Book of Maccabees is still in the Catholic bible; it was edited out during the Reformation. I
“And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son: (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)” - 2 Samuel 1:17-18
Therefore, if your version of The Book of Jasher doesn’t contain David’s dirge over Saul, then that’s a good indication that it is not THE book of Jasher as referenced in the Bible.
There are ancient legends of Giants and strange chimeras, man animal mixtures, in ancient literature. How much of that was real? We do not really know what went on.
“We do not really know what went on” no BUT we DO know it was WIERD!
I did not know that about Maccabees. My Great Grandmother must have been Irish Catholic. I need to check that out.
We do not really know what went on no BUT we DO know it was WIERD!
Jesus said how can I tell you of the things of Heaven when you do not understand the things of earth.
BTW it was held in high regard by many at the time of Jesus birth. It was, as you probably know, among the texts in the Dead Sea Scrolls.
I read it years ago, and I thought it seemed pretty legit to me. I’m perusing it now, and this part is certainly relevant nowadays:
“19 For in those days the sons of men began to trespass against God, and to transgress the commandments which he had commanded to Adam, to be fruitful and multiply in the earth.
20 And some of the sons of men caused their wives to drink a draught that would render them barren, in order that they might retain their figures and whereby their beautiful appearance might not fade.”
“It was, as you probably know” no in don’t know much about it. Please tell me about the “Book of Enouch”. I may want to buy it as well.
The way I read that verse is that there is something about teaching children to use the bow in the Book of Jasher, not something about David and Saul.
There are two versions of Enoch, the Ethiopian Enoch and the Slavonic Enoch. The Ethiopian version, or 1 Enoch, is the one in the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the one that is quoted in the Bible. The Slavonic version is probably a more recent invention, and isn’t really considered legitimate by anyone. So, if you want to read Enoch, I’d start with the Ethiopian version.
This is the one I will buy:
I think it is the “good” one.
That said, if you ever want the very best, here it is...
I have these two volumes and they are wonderful.
Their contents include (not necessarily in this order)...
Volume 1 -
APOCALYPTIC LITERATURE AND RELATED WORKS
1 (Ethiopic Apocalypse of) Enoch
2 (Slavonic Apocalypse of) Enoch
3 (Hebrew Apocalypse of) Enoch
Treatise of Shem
Apocryphon of Ezekiel
Apocalypse of Zephaniah
The Fourth Book of Ezra (4 Ezra)
Greek Apocalypse of Ezra
Vision of Ezra
Questions of Ezra
Revelation of Ezra
Apocalypse of Sedrach
2 (Syriac Apocalypse of) Baruch
3 (Greek Apocalypse of) Baruch
Apocalypse of Abraham
Apocalypse of Adam
Apocalypse of Elijah
Apocalypse of Daniel
TESTAMENTS (OFTEN WITH APOCALYPTIC SECTIONS)
Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
Testament of Job
Testaments of the Three Patriarchs
Testament of Abraham
Testament of Isaac
Testament of Jacob
Testament of Moses
Testament of Solomon
Testament of Adam
Volume 2 -
EXPANSIONS OF "OLD TESTAMENT" AND LEGENDS
Letter of Aristeas
Maryrdom and Ascension of Isaiah
Joseph and Aseneth
Life of Adam and Eve
The Lives of the Prophets
Ladder of Jacob
James and Jambres
History of the Rechabites
Eldad and Modad
History of Joseph
WISDOM AND PHILOSOPHICAL LITERATURE
The Sentences of the Syriac Menander
PRAYERS, PSALMS, AND ODES
More Psalms of David
Prayer of Manasseh
Psalms of Solomon
Hellenistic Synagogal Prayers
Prayer of Joseph
Prayer of Jacob
Odes of Solomon
SUPPLEMENT: FRAGMENTS OF LOST JUDEO-HELLENISTIC WORKS
Philo the Epic Poet
Ezekiel the Tragedian
Fragments of Pseudo-Greek Poets
Demetrius the Chronographer
Aristeas ten Exegete
ping for later study.