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Reasons Why the Current Book of Jasher is not Legitimate

The Book of Jasher as we have it today, shows evidence of having been written after the destruction of the Jerusalem temple.

Let me show you why I think so...

After the Book of Enoch Fell into Disrepute...

Though the Book of Enoch had been widely popular, after the destruction of Israel’s temple by Rome, Jews, and later, Christians too, began to reject the Book of Enoch. This was done in a number of ways. One method was to propose an alternative storyline to the well-known Enochan saga. The idea presented in the Book of Enoch, that angels had the ability to fall into sexual sin was thought to be repugnant and unthinkable. Because of this a number of alternative storylines began to be proposed in order to airbrush out the (well-known) story of angelic promiscuity.

The Books of Adam and Eve

As an example of this take the following quote from “The Books of Adam and Eve” which was written sometime late in the first century AD.

“And when they looked at the daughters of Cain, at their beautiful figures, and at their hands and feet dyed with colour, and tattooed in ornaments on their faces, the fire of sin was kindled in them. Then Satan made them look most beautiful before the sons of Seth, as he also made the sons of Seth appear of the fairest in the eyes of the daughters of Cain, so that the daughters of Cain lusted after the sons of Seth like ravenous beasts, and the sons of Seth after the daughters of Cain, until they committed abomination with them,” (2 Adam and Eve 20:21-32).

2 Adam & Eve

There! So simple! Instead of angels cavorting with human women, it was the sons of Seth falling for beautiful, unbelieving, daughters of Cain.

Jasher's Slant on it

The book currently circulating on the internet as the “Book of Jasher” does this too but takes a different slant.

“And their judges and rulers went to the daughters of men and took their wives by force from their husbands according to their choice, and the sons of men in those days took from the cattle of the earth, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and taught the mixture of animals of one species with the other, in order therewith to provoke the Lord; and God saw the whole earth and it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon earth, all men and all animals,” (Jasher 4:18).

Jasher

Only after AD 70 did writings begin to show up which removed the angels from the narrative and insert sons of Seth or in this case 'judges and rulers'. This clearly marks the “Book of Jasher” as having been written after the destruction of Israel in the first century.

I once had someone tell me the “judges and rulers” in Jasher were in fact the angels who sinned. But that can’t be the case.

That would mean before the fall of the Watchers, they were “judges and rulers” over mankind. But according to the Book of Enoch, the rule of the Watchers over the sons of men, began after their fall into sin, not before as this version of “Jasher” has it. In Enoch 7 and 8, the rule of the Watchers over mankind was set up by their sinful indoctrination of mankind, which began after the angels sinned. The goal of the Watchers ruling over man was to replace God's rulership over mankind.

Comparing counterfeits with a true original is a great method for spotting the differences. The following quotes are from Genesis, Enoch and Jubilees...

The Book of Genesis

“When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the Lord said, 'My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.' The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown,” (Genesis 6:1-4 ESV).

“And it happened, when humans began to become numerous upon the land, and they had daughters, the angels of God, having seen the daughters of humans, that they were beautiful, took for themselves women from all whom they picked out. The Lord God said, 'My breath will not at all reside in these humans for very long because they are flesh, but their days will be one hundred and twenty years.' Now giants were upon the land in those days, and after that, whenever the sons of God visited the daughters of humans, they fathered children for themselves; those were the giants who were from long ago, the people of renown,” (Genesis 6:1-4 from The Lexham English Septuagint).

The Book of Enoch

“And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto them beautiful and comely daughters. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: "Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men and beget us children.” (Book of Enoch 6:1-2 RHC).

The Book of Jubilees

“And it happened, when the sons of the children of men commenced to increase over the face of the whole earth and daughters were born to them, that the angels of the Lord saw them in one year of this jubilee, that they were beautiful to look upon; and they took unto themselves wives from all of them whomever they chose, and they bore them sons, and these were giants. 2And injustice increased over the earth and all flesh corrupted its way, from men to animals and to beasts and to birds and to all that walks upon the earth; all corrupted their ways and their orders and began to devour each other, and unrighteousness increased over the earth, and all the thoughts of the knowledge of all the sons of men were thus wicked all the days,” (Book of Jubilees 5:1-2).

Facts About the Book Currently Being Called “The Book of Jasher”

In a word, the Book of Jasher that exists today lacks provenance, therefore it cannot be validated historically as being the same book used by Joshua and Samuel. Missing for 2,600 years then, voila! There it is? I don't think so!

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