The Book of Jasher Examined


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The Bible mentions a book called Jasher that has been lost to history, but some claim it has been found and should be included in the Biblical Canon. Is this true?


"In previous articles on Christianity.com, we’ve discussed something known as the Apocrypha: a group of texts that aren’t canonical but have a thread related to canonical biblical writings.

Meaning, these texts were written around (or a little after) biblical events, may make mention of biblical events but are not considered part of the Bible. Some of these books include the Book of Enoch and The Book of Jubilees, among others.

Today’s article will cover the Book of Jasher, another book in the Apocrypha. Interestingly enough, the Book of Jasher does receive a couple of shout-outs in the Bible (Joshua 10:13, 2 Samuel 1:18-27).

If the biblical writers made mention of the book, why don’t we include it in the Bible? Do we have any other instances of biblical authors placing secular texts in the Bible, or making mention of them, and what do we actually know about this book?

We’ll dive into these questions in this article.

What Do We Know about the Book of Jasher?

The Book of Jasher, otherwise known as the Book of Just Ones, has likely, in its original form, been lost to time. We do have a number of translations (including a very false one created in the 1700s), but we don’t truly know if the copy we have now reflects the original writing.

But from what we do have, the Book of Jasher, similar to other apocryphal books, covers the events from the Creation through the death of Joshua. In essence, the books of the Pentateuch and a little beyond, with some contradictions and variations mentioned below..." from the article: What is the Book of Jasher?


For further reading:

The Complete Apocrypha: 2018 Edition with Enoch, Jasher, and Jubilees


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