The Book Of Jasherby J.H. Parry
-from Chapter IV
Believed by some to have been the original
But in the latter days of Methuselah, the sons of men turned from the Lord, they corrupted the earth, they robbed and plundered each other, and they rebelled against God and they transgressed, and they corrupted their ways, and would not hearken to the voice of Methuselah, but rebelled against him.
-from Chapter IV
Believed by some to have been the original beginning of the Old Testament, The Book of Jasher has been suppressed and rediscovered numerous times since its initial translation from the Hebrew in AD 800.
Referred to in Joshua and Second Samuel, this apocryphal book of the Bible expands upon some of the stories we know so well: we meet Cain and Abel's three sisters, are privy to a more detailed account of the awful circumstances of the Great Flood and Noah's conduct toward the multitudes who assembled before his ark, and learn more about the women of the Bible.
Jasher's version of the story of Abraham is considered by many to be the most beautiful as this new perspective on the Old Testament will inspire believers and intrigue readers of ancient literature.
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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.