The Book of Jasher was a important work that was removed from the Bible, and in this edition translated into english by J. H. Parry. Having been referred to in Joshua and the Second Samuel, The Book of Jasher was suppressed from the old testament from later versions of the Bible. This is an important and highly recommended publication for those who are interested in writings that were once included in earlier incarnations of the Bible, and also those who are scholars of biblical history and studies.
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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.
This translation excludes the fact that Noah had 3 sons, as the conception of HAM is totally omitted. The translation does, however, include God having said to Noah, "Thou shalt choose for thy sons three maidens from the daughters of men, and they will be wives to thy sons." Whether the omission was intentional or not is irrelevant, as God was personally involved in the selection of the people on board the ark, and none were descendants of Lucifer or Cain. And that explains why the translations are often altered.