- Lot Number 53956
- Title (English) The Book of Jasher
- Author Flaccus Albinus Alcuinus
- City Bristol
- Publisher Philip Rose
- Publication Date 1829
- Estimated Price - Low 200
- Estimated Price - High 500
- Item # 2496360
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Title: The Book of Jasher: With Testimonies and Notes, Critical and Historical, Explanatory of the Text, to which is [sic] Prefixed Various Readings and a Preliminary Dissertation, Proving the Authenticity of the Work
The Book of Jasher, also called Pseudo-Jasher, is an 18th-century literary forgery by Jacob Ilive. It purports to be an English translation by Flaccus Albinus Alcuinus of the lost Book of Jasher. It is sometimes called Pseudo-Jasher to distinguish it from the midrashic Sefer haYashar (Book of the Upright, Naples, 1552), which incorporates genuine Jewish legend.
Published in November 1751, the title page of the book says: "translated into English by Flaccus Albinus Alcuinus, of Britain, Abbot of Canterbury, who went on a pilgrimage into the Holy Land and Persia, where he discovered this volume in the city of Gazna." The book claims to be written by Jasher, son of Caleb, one of Moses' lieutenants, who later judged Israel at Shiloh. Jasher covers biblical history from the creation down to Jasher's own day and was represented as being the Lost Book of Jasher mentioned in the Bible.