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The International Nazarene Beit Din has made history today:

CANONICITY OF THE BOOK OF JASHER
Passed by the International Nazarene Beit Din
6-8-10

We the International Nazarene Beit Din do hereby declare Book of Jasher to be
part of the Nazarene Canon.

We have no hesitation in pronouncing this book to be a work of Divine
inspiration, great antiquity and interest, and a book that is entitled to a
great circulation among those who take pleasure in studying the Word of YHWH.

We declare that this book is profitable for teaching (doctrine) and
for reproof and for correction and for instruction in righteousness. While we
pronounce this book to be part of the official canon of the Assembly, we do
allow that a person who does not accept the canonicity of this book may still
personally be in good standing with the Assembly.

While the Beit Din recognizes the canonical status of the Book of Jasher in
general, there is currently only one Hebrew witness to the text and it dates
only to 1625 CE. To the extent that the current text reflects the original book
cited in the Tanak (Josh. 10:13 & 2Sam. 1:18) it is to be regarded as canon.

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Comment by Donald Ledbetter on June 8, 2010 at 8:17pm
I have read the Book of Jasher and also the Book of Jubilees. Jasher differs with the Book of Jubliees considerably. Is Jasher right or is Jubilees right. If one is canonized then the other cannot be.
Comment by Aish Tamid on June 8, 2010 at 8:45pm
Each text really doesn't need to be examined against one another. In reality, all texts should be examined against the Torah.

But needless to say, my opinion of Jubilees is not high... not because it disagrees with Jasher, but because I believe some of the claims it makes to be erroneous.

None the less, there are a couple men on here whom I respect a good deal who like both Jasher AND Jubilees.
Comment by Aish Tamid on June 8, 2010 at 8:46pm
And Mr. Trimm, good job on canonizing the Book of Jasher. It's an excellent book that had no business being taken out of Scripture in the first place.
Comment by Habel ben Medardo on June 8, 2010 at 9:31pm
Key to[v]b Achi, I am in agreement about Ha Sefer Yashuer. We micrah at home on the 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th and on the new moon/Yarek and read from this great book, and hold this to be Yahwah[s] insperation. Thank you for the declaration, ourarmstoisreal.net has a great copy with restored shem! thanks again, shalom to your sukkah Habel ben Medardo Az.
Comment by James Trimm on June 8, 2010 at 9:49pm
The one available from yourarmstoisrael was simply generated by changing the 1840 translation with global changes in a word processor. This failed to give corect true names, because the 1840 translator did not consistently translate the sacred names into English. The new translation from WNAE at http://www.lulu.com/nazarene is translated directly from the Hebrew and contains correct sacred names as well as a few verses the 1840 translator accidentally omitted.
Comment by Donald Ledbetter on June 8, 2010 at 10:29pm
I liked both of them. I thought that they were very interesting. I just noted several differences between them.
Comment by Aish Tamid on June 9, 2010 at 12:53am
Christian: Just out of curiosity, what's your beef with Jubilees?
Comment by will brinson: ferguson on June 9, 2010 at 4:09am
Were can one get a free downloadable copy (E-book/e-Sword version/etc..) of the Book of Enoch and the Book of Jasher?
Comment by James Trimm on June 9, 2010 at 9:58am
I will say that the canonization of the Book of Jasher was after long and careful consideration and was largely influenced by the fact that it is cited twice in Scripture (Josh. 10:13; 2Sam. 1:18). It stands to reason that if the book is regarded by Scripture as authoritative (i.e. Scripture appeals to it... "Is it not written in the Book of Jasher..." (Josh. 10:13).

The context of Joshua implies that if we don't believe Joshua we can look in Jasher to verify this truth... which could imply that at the time Jasher was even more authoritative than Joshua...
Comment by Melvin Creston Williams on June 9, 2010 at 10:56am
Wonderful. Excellent. It's nice to see that there is flexability and open-mindedness in the faith still.

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