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The Book of Jasher


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The Book of Jasher (Sefer haYashar) is a non-canonical apocryphal book. It is mentioned twice in the Hebew Bible - once in Joshua 10:13: 'And the Sun stood still, and the Moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves on their enemies. Is this not written in Sefer HaYashar?', and once in Samuel, 1:18: 'To teach the sons of Judah [the use of] the bow. Behold, it is written in the book of Jashar.'

There are several separate works by this title, all composed much later than Biblical times. This particular one is a translation of a Hebrew book printed in 1613. The Hebrew title of the book means 'Book of the Upright', but the title was at some point, treated as a proper name - Jasher. The text of the book covers the creation of the world to the death of Moses, with several minor variations to the traditional Bible.

This book has 317 pages in the PDF version. This edition was originally published in 1887.

Production notes: This e-book of The Book of Jasher was published by Global Grey on the 28th October 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'Esther and Mordecai Write the Letters to the Jews' by Arent de Gelder.

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