The Book of Jasher
Today I would like to share something that is near and dear to my heart. It is what I like to refer to as “the rest of the story.” The book of Jasher is mentioned twice in the Torah.
So the sun stood still, And the moon stopped, Till the people had revenge Upon their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. (Jos 10:13)
Then David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son, and he told them to teach the children of Judah the Song of the Bow; indeed it is written in the Book of Jasher. (2Sa 1:17-18)
After being told about it over a year ago while on a teaching excursion I came home and found a copy of it for myself. Since then I have read this almost 600 page book twice by myself and I am going through it for the third time with a small group; but this time we are reading it along side the scriptures. Jasher covers Genesis, Exodus, Numbers and Joshua and it has brought many things to light in the scriptures that I had not really seen in the past. Here is a great example of one little tidbit that was revealed to me in the scriptures because of Jasher. When Moses’ dad (Amram) took a wife whose name Jochebed, we are told that she was a daughter of Levi.
And a man of the house of Levi went and took as wife a daughter of Levi. (Exo 2:1)
Some folks may understand that Jochebed was Amram’s father’s sister.
Amram married his father’s sister Jochebed, and she bore him Aaron and Moses; and the length of Amram’s life was one hundred and thirty-seven years. (Exo 6:20)
But few have connected all the points. So who was Amram’s Father?
These are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations: Gershon and Kohath and Merari; and the length of Levi’s life was one hundred and thirty-seven years. The sons of Gershon: Libni and Shimei, according to their families. The sons of Kohath: Amram and Izhar and Hebron and Uzziel; and the length of Kohath’s life was one hundred and thirty-three years. (Exo 6:16-18)
So if Amram married his father’s sister; that means that Jochebed was not “a” daughter of Levi she was “the” daughter of Levi. And it was Jasher that sent me on the quest to find out more. Jasher said;
Jasher 59:9 And the children of Levi were Gershon, Kohath and Merari, and their sister Jochebed, who was born unto them in their going down to Egypt. Jasher 67:1 There was a man in the land of Egypt of the seed of Levi, whose name was Amram, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, the son of Israel. 2 And this man went and took a wife, namely Jochebed the daughter of Levi his father’s sister, and she was one hundred and twenty-six years old, and he came unto her.
And lo and behold, look what I found in Numbers.
The name of Amram’s wife was Jochebed the daughter of Levi, who was born to Levi in Egypt; and to Amram she bore Aaron and Moses and their sister Miriam. (Num 26:59)
If you study this further you will see that Jochebed was in the womb when the Israelites came into Egypt. Jochebed (Amram’s aunt) was around 135 when she had Moses. The Israelites were in Egypt for around 200+ years, not the 400 or 430 years that most of us have erroneously assumed. Jasher is an amazing book! Read it and fall in love with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob all over again. See that our Elohim does not change and that His word does endure forever. Noah, Seth, Eber, Abram (later Abraham), Isaac, Jacob and His sons all had a love for Yehovah’s laws which were preserved orally until Sinai where they were codified.
Well, I hope I have enticed you enough to take a good hard look at this wonderful book. If I have, you can download it with my highlights and my notes related to the Torah here: Jasher with index or here: Jasher with index and no notes or highlights. If the files do not open automatically, then right-click the file you want and click “save as.” Also here is a FREE version of PDF-XChange Viewer that puts Acrobat Reader to shame. This free version of PDF-XChange Viewer will not only allow you to highlight, underline, add notes, art and much more to all your favorite PDFs but will also allow you to save all the additions. Always remember to seek first Yehovah’s kingdom and His righteous just as His son, our king, taught us to do. May His will be done on earth as it is in heaven!