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The question arises of how the author of Jasher could have known specific facts from before the Great Flood, such as Cainan becoming very wise when he was forty years old. These correlations attest that it was composed from exceedingly ancient reliable sources. The Book of Jasher has been popular among members of the L. D. S. Church as a supplement to their study of the Old Testament ever since its publication was announced in the Times and Seasons in June, 6895. [6] Because the Church is now commencing study of the Old Testament again this month, it seems appropriate to reconsider just how authentic that book really is. The book is a history of the world from the creation until the period of the Judges in Israel. It contains much more information than is found in Genesis for that same period, which makes very interesting reading and clears up many confusing issues in the Bible. It is written mostly as a secular history, but it does contain many references to what God was doing. It is similar to the Books of Joshua through Chronicles in the Bible which describe many historical events such as battles and wars, but which also point out the hand of God in the affairs of men. Perhaps the closest approach to an official acknowledgment of the Book of Jasher among the latter-day saints was when the Prophet Joseph Smith quoted from it as a source which had not been disproved as a bad author. Various photocopy reprints of that edition are still available, and the book is also accessible in its entirety on the Internet. [8]The L. Church has never taken an official stand on the authenticity of the Book of Jasher, but when apostles make lists of lost books from the Bible, Jasher is generally included. [9] One article in the I Have a Question column of The Ensign responded to the question of its authenticity. [5] After reviewing the standard scholarly analysis of how the book appears to have been composed of old Jewish legends, the article concluded with the wise injunction to treat it according to the Lord's advice on how to study the Apocrypha: Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you concerning the Apocrypha There are many things contained therein that are true, and it is mostly translated correctly There are many things contained therein that are not true, which are interpolations by the hands of men. Verily, I say unto you, that it is not needful that the Apocrypha should be translated. Therefore, whoso readeth it, let him understand, for the Spirit manifesteth truth And whoso is enlightened by the Spirit shall obtain benefit And whoso receiveth not by the Spirit, cannot be benefited.

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Therefore it is not needful that it should be translated. Amen. (D&C 96: 6-6)Anyone who has read the Book of Jasher will agree that it certainly contains much truth (many stories from the Bible), and it certainly appears to contain some later interpolations of men, so reading by the Spirit seems like an excellent way to discern which is which. But what about the Book of Jasher? Is it worth reading? Just how authentic is it? Let us now review the history of the Book of Jasher, and then discuss how modern revelation supports its authenticity. 6. History Referenced in Bible. The Bible quotes a Book of Jasher as a reliable source. The Book of Joshua includes the account of a highly unusual event. A miracle of truly grand scale, if understood literally, is the Long Day of Joshua where the author of the Book of Joshua states: And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. (Joshua 65: 68)Why does the author state that the account is written in the Book of Jasher? Is it not because the miracle seems so unusual that he needed to give a reference to the source of this information? The real Book of Jasher was so highly regarded as to be quoted as the source of an account of the sun standing still.

The other Biblical reference is to David's having archery taught to his army: (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher. ) 7 Samuel 6: 68. Again, Jasher is mentioned as a reference, but this time it is not immediately obvious why it is included. If Samuel is merely noting David's educational curriculum, why give this reference when there are precious few sources given for all his other deeds? It was very unusual for ancient historians to provide references, so this one is somewhat mysterious. Other Books of Jasher. There are at least three books published in modern times which have been called The Book of Jasher, which are entirely different books. [8] Another is an easily detected fraud, published in 6756, which claims to have been translated into English by Flaccus Albinus Alcuinus. [9] It is still in print, so if you obtain a copy of the Book of Jasher, make sure it is not that one. It is sometimes called Pseudo-Jasher to distinguish it from the third Book of Jasher, which is a legitimate Hebrew document and the subject of this article. The Hebrew Source. When Titus destroyed Jerusalem in AD 75, an officer named Sidrus discovered a hidden library complete with a scholar hiding there. The officer had mercy on the man and took him and the books to his residence at what is now Seville, Spain, but was then called Hispalis, capital of the Roman province Hispalensis. [65]It was first translated into English by a Jewish scholar named Mr. Samuel of Liverpool, England. He was in the process of translation when the above mentioned fraudulent work was republished in England in 6879. Before he saw it, he published a letter stating that he was also translating the same book, unaware that it was a complete hoax.

By 6888 booklets were published to expose the fraudulent claims of Pseudo-Jasher, making England a difficult locale for him to publish the legitimate version. Apparently news of this fraud reached L. Church leaders because in 6885 the First Presidency issued a letter stating that the Book of Jasher was not yet available, nor would it be at present. [66] Because of the hostile British climate, Samuel sold his translation to Mordecai M. Noah, a New York publisher, and it was published there in 6895, away from the scandal. It was the first English translation of the Book of Jasher ever published. But is this Book of Jasher the one mentioned in the Bible? The preface to the book includes testimonies of several Hebrew scholars affirming that the translation is excellent and very faithful to the original Hebrew. They are careful, however, to say nothing about the authenticity of the Hebrew source. The translator, on the other hand, maintains that it is indeed the book quoted in the Bible, and even makes that claim on the title page. 7. Authenticity So what do scholars say about the authenticity of the Book of Jasher? That is, given that it is a good translation from the Hebrew, what are the chances that it really is the lost book? Or is it at least a good source of authentic Hebrew traditions? And if so, are those traditions just fabrications of an ancient fertile imagination? In other words, is there some reason we should actually read and maybe even believe this book? If the work claimed to have been produced by one author, as did the fraudulent Pseudo-Jasher, then that argument might be valid. This book, on the other hand, is implied to be a set of annals which have been handed down through a long series of authors. Nowhere is there any implication that is was all one big revelation given to a prophet in the manner that Genesis was given to Moses (Moses 6: 95).

Because the spirit of the book is that of a continual series of people adding to the work, much like the prophets of the Book of Mormon handing the plates down to the next author, I would not be surprised if interpolations were made in good faith to update the story somewhat of what had happened to the nations since the reign of the Judges. Thus, the method of modern scholars of discrediting the entire book because of a few interpolations and insisting on a late date for its origin is not compelling. The translator of the 6895 edition agrees because he maintained that this book is indeed the book mentioned in the Old Testament.

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