INTRODUCTION TO MY NEW BOOK - 'JASHER INSIGHTS'
SYNOPSIS, SUMMARY & INTRODUCTION © May 2019 -by S N Strutt
It is very important to state that the above-mentioned original HEBREW copy of the Book of JASHER was actually written in pre-Christian times, and eventually was translated into English in the early 1600’s and printed in 1613.
From what I have studied, the original Book of Jasher, which is a history book, was originally assembled and written in the time of Joshua - 3500 years ago. (SOURCE: http://biblefacts.org/pdf/Jasher_intro.pdf )
Unfortunately, the traditional description does not do justice to the amazing BOOK OF JASHER. At least that is my opinion.
First of all, I would like to state that I personally, from much study of the book, certainly believe that this book is an inspired writing, although I think that in parts of the book, the stories have been somewhat embellished, and some of the dates are different than either the Bible or the Septuagint version of the Bible. It is likely that the original Book of Jasher, as clearly mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible has been either altered or tampered with. Nevertheless, it is still an excellent book to read. See a lot more about this in the APPENDIX.
2PE.1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Secondly, the above statement ‘This text covers much of the same ground as the traditional Mosaic books of the Bible, from the creation of the world to the death of Moses, albeit with several minor variations’ This is somewhat understated.
The Book of Jasher in fact, gives a lot more background information to many of the biblical stories than even the Bible itself does.
The Book of Jasher also brings out the supernatural powers of God much more than the Bible does, for example as manifested through the sons of Israel, or Jacob’s sons and their constant wars to rid the ‘lands of Shem’ of the Caananites and other enemies.
In comparing with the Bible, the Book of Jasher describes in great detail about the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel. The Origins of Evil. It also talks about CAINAN as the first person to write things down; and later his great grandson ENOCH from before the Great Flood also writes things down, This Book of Jasher portrays Enoch as a sort of King of kings for 243 years; it also talks a lot about NIMROD and BABEL in the early times after the Great Flood.
In fact, it describes the Tower of Babel as being at least 9000 feet high and gives many more details of the Tower’s structure.
It tells us that Nimrod was ‘not fully human’, but that he had the ‘blood of the NEPHALIM’ and was ‘becoming one of them’.
The Book of Jasher helps us to have a much better grip on the time sequence concerning the life of Abraham and his father, where they came from, and what life was really like back then.
It shows Abraham as a mighty WARRIOR KING, who is a real IDOL SMASHER & who totally obliterates all of his enemies.
Abraham is shown to be alive at the same time as Nimrod, and even at the same time as the great Patriarchs Shem and his father Noah.
Quite remarkable, when one considers that Abraham was born in the 10th generation after Noah. Abraham apparently got his spiritual training at the houses of both Noah and Shem, whilst fleeing Nimrod.
Abraham was probably studying and learning from the Book of Noah and the Book of Enoch, which Noah had brought with him on the Ark at the time of the Great Flood.
Concerning Life - right after the Great Flood
There are lots of interesting details in this Book of Jasher that are not given in any other books about Noah and the Great Flood and his life after that; as well as those who were descendants of Noah and what happened to them?
You will read about RIKAYON who allegedly brought the name of Pharaoh to Egypt. You will also encounter a nasty character called MASTEMA, who is always lurking around in the background, trying to cause trouble for Abraham, and could only be Satan himself.
COVER STORY The cover story describes in great detail, - spread over many chapters in this book, the amazing story of SHECHEM, to which the cover of this book is dedicated.
Just two of Jacob’s sons totally destroyed an entire city of the Canaanites called Shechem, because the prince of the city had forcibly taken their only sister and forced himself on her.
Later the patriarch Jacob and all his sons came to live outside of SHECHEM, only to have the whole race of the Canaanites come out to fight against them, numbering in the tens of thousands, against a mere handful. Read what happens! It is exciting stuff!
Shechem was where Abraham, grandfather of Jacob was resting under a tree, when the angel of the Lord came to speak with him, and God promised to Abraham that all the lands that he could see to the North and South and East and West his descendants would inherit.
There is a strange story of some of the herdsmen of the descendants of Esau being terrified by hundreds of ANIMAL–HUMAN Chimeras with the top part of their bodies being as a beast and bottom part as a human. These creatures simply rode off with all of their animals. It scared the living day-lights out of the men, who then refused to go back to that location.
There is a fascinating story of Zepho the grandson of Esau who fought against a large HUMAN - ANIMAL chimera which was described has having ‘the top half of a man’ and the ‘bottom half of a beast’. Zepho killed this monster that was hiding in a cave, because it had decimated the herds and flocks of the local peoples. As a result Zepho was made king of the land of Chittim (Cyprus).
There is a strange story, a bit similar to Balaam’s ass in the Bible, where God opens the mouth of the donkey to actually speak to Balaam; only in this case it is a wolf talking with Jacob concerning his lost son Joseph. Joseph’s brothers had told their father Jacob that a wild animal had killed Joseph. See what the wolf had to say about that!
The Story of Joseph and his brethren is described even better in the Book of Jashe than even the the excellent story in the Bible.
It gives amazing details about what exactly happened to poor Joseph when he was sold as a slave into Egypt by his brethren.
An absolutely fascinating story. I have written a lot about it.
This Book of Jasher shows Joseph as a ‘Warrior King’ who led his brethren to fight against all the enemies of Pharaoh and who won time and time again against greatly superior odds.
There is also a dubious story about ‘Moses being in jail’, before being released and having become a king for a long time in the days after he had left Egypt. What did actually happen to Moses in the 40 years that he was away from Egypt? Find out by reading this book. This story is probably the most questionable in the whole Book of Jasher, but interesting anyway.
There is a good description of other wars that were fought by Angeas,
an African king with Zepho the grandson of Esau as his commander in chief. There are many ensuing wars described in detail concerning many kings.
There is a fascinating description of Moses & the 10 Plagues of Egypt in this book, that is even more descriptive than the story in the Bible, where God calls a Sulanuth, or octopus-like sea creature from the sea, to bring some of His judgments. Quite a fascinating story that children would also like.
Joshua conquering the Promised land: Shows how God fulfils His promise to Abraham to drive out all of the Caananites from the lands of Shem.
I believe from having studied this book many times, that this book is very valuable, although some of the stories could be somewhat embellished, but then who’s to say? No matter how far out the miracles in this book may seem to us in modern sceptical times, but then who am I to question God’s miraculous ways?
JAM.1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
MAT.18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, ‘Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into (or see and understand) the kingdom of heaven.’
In other words, we must think as a believing little child about things of Faith, and not be of a doubting sceptical & analytical mind, lest the spiritual things of God escape us and sadly pass us by through our unbelief especially when it comes to outright miracles of God.
1CO.2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
You will also find an APPENDIX in the back of this book giving many more details and web refs.
I hope that you will really enjoy this book of ‘JASHER INSIGHTS’
Stephen Nigel Strutt (May 2019)