This is a special preview of an upcoming Hebrew Voices episode on The Lost Book of Jasher. The Tanakh mentions a book called Sepher Ha-Yashar, which seemingly disappeared off the face of the Earth thousands of years ago. An English translation of Jasher then showed up in 1840 claiming to be this lost Biblical book. If this is the original Jasher mentioned in Joshua and 2 Samuel, it would be more important than the Dead Sea Scrolls! I tracked down the world's foremost expert on the Book of Jasher, Joseph Dan, a retired professor from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prof. Dan is a winner of the Israel Prize, the equivalent of the Noble Prize for Jewish Studies. If you ever wondered about the lost Book of Jasher mentioned in the Bible, you will want to listen to my interview with Professor Dan. Please leave your comments below.
The original cover page of Sepher HaYashar, published by Samuel the Little of Fez in Venice 1625 reads: "The Book of Yashar, an ancient book written in ancient times… [which includes] many stories not mentioned in the legends of our Sages. And perhaps this is the Book of Yashar mentioned in Scripture."
Yehudah Arye of Modena censored Sepher HaYashar, forcing Samuel the Little of Fez to change the cover title of the 1625 edition to read: "The Book of Yashar, which includes some stories and legends of our Sages…"
- The Book of Jasher, translated by M.M. Noah, 1840
- The Book of Jasher by Joseph Dan (Hebrew)
- Ancient Book Of Jasher by Ken Johnson
- את Cepher (including Jasher)
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