Joshua 10:13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.

2 Samuel 1:18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.)

Both these passages refer to the book of Jasher. What book is that? Is it found in the bible?


The book of Jasher, or "the book of the righteous", was probably a collection of poems / odes in praise of certain heroes. This has been justly inferred by the two references given.

It didn't arrive to us but it was known by the authors of Joshua and 2 Samuel, as you reference.

Some suppose the book to have perished in captivity.


  • Do you have any supporting reference for the book being a collection of poems? – GratefulDisciple Mar 12 at 23:36
  • @GratefulDisciple done! – Tiago Martins Peres 李大仁 Mar 13 at 7:15
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    Thanks. Another Bible dictionary I consulted said the LXX version of 1 King 8:12-13 has a 3rd reference to the book "The Lord has made known the sun in heaven, He spoke to those dwelling in deep darkness: ‘Build my house, an extraordinary house for yourself in which to dwell in newness. Look, is this not written in the Book of the Song?’ In Hebrew, the first two letters of the word “song” (שִׁיר, shir) can be transposed to read Jashar (יָּשָׁר, yashar). This has led to the suggestion that Book of the Song is the correct name for the Book of Jashar. – GratefulDisciple Mar 13 at 14:47

I think its the book of Hosea. Hosea was the original name of Joshua




  • Where do you see either of those topics mentioned in the book of Hosea? – curiousdannii May 22 '20 at 7:18
  • Jasher and Hosea are quite different names with quite different meanings. Not related! – Dottard May 22 '20 at 8:38

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