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Posted April 24, 2010
The Book of Jasher (The Book of the Upright) is a telling of the history of Man according to the Hebrews (who trace their lineage through the characters). I cannot speak to the accuracy of the translation put forth by J.H. Parry, but I will say that the book is very readable and the stories are fascinating.
The reader gains insight into the people of the Hebrew Scriptures. Whether the history is factual is for scholars to decide. As for me, I have a fuller understanding of the culture of the ancient world.
What I found particularly interesting is that ancient Man and modern Man are not really different in basic character. For example, according to the book, birth control was used by the ancients for maintaining the beauty and youth of women. The "Trophy Wife" is not a modern apparition. In fact, according to the history, the practice was so widespread that it caused a problem in early civilization.
The Book of Jasher puts forth that Man was always a civilized and intelligent being. You gain from reading it a sense that Mankind, no matter what his shortcomings, hit the Earth running and that Man was never a "cave dweller" at any time except after a catastrophe.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone who would like to gain further insight into their own humanity.
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Posted June 28, 2011
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