There are several history books mentioned in the bible, but of the thirteen mentioned Jasher is the only book that has survived till this day. The Book of Jasher gives insights to Bible stories, such as Abraham, how Pharaohs came to be, the angels and Jacob and Sodom and Gomorrah.
In the story of Abraham, God calls upon him to give up everything he has and go to a land that God will reveal to him later. God has something for him to do there. At this time Abraham does not know what it is, for he is called to go upon faith.
In the Book of Jasher we get a deeper glimpse into Abraham’s character and his zealousness for God. Abraham challenges his father, a ruler, and breaks his family bonds to do what God is calling him to do. Abraham confronts his father and demands to know why his father is worshiping these twelve stone gods. His father replies that this is just how things have always been done, so this is what they do. Abraham does not let it go and asks can they not see these gods are but stones, why do they worship stones? He wants to know why they don’t worship the one true God. Again his father says to him to let it be, this is what we do.
When his father is not around Abraham grabs an ax and splits all but one of the stone gods in half and leaves the ax in the remaining stone statues hand. When his father returns he demands to know what has happened. Abraham looks at him and explains how when he brought in the food to leave as offerings for the twelve gods, this one god killed all the others to have all the food for himself. Abraham’s father believes none of this and is angry that his son thinks him such a fool to be told such a tale! They are just stones after all! Abraham’s point had been made. Why worship them then?
The Book of Jasher humanizes Abraham. We see his internal struggles against the traditions of his people. Even thought it was not easy and there were unknown challenges ahead, Abraham followed God’s calling.
Often people find themselves being called to action by God, but due to fears of challenging their family or fears of not knowing what lies ahead, they remain frozen in place. Never be afraid to act. Never be afraid to take the steps that your soul is saying God is asking of you.
This is the story of how Pharaohs came to be according to the Book of Jasher.
There was a man from Assyria and he took over all the burial areas. He would not allow anyone to be buried until he was paid a fee. He became very wealthy and eventually took over the land we call Egypt. The term Pharaoh means Lord of the Dead, or more accurately, he who gets the dead to pay taxes.