- The Book of Jubilees was regarded as an authoritative work by ante-Nicene church fathers. However, due to political reasons it was eventually deemed unfit for canonisation by Rome and all available copies were committed to the fire. The relevance and importance of this originally Jewish work did not surface again until its discovery among the Dead Sea Scrolls. Until that time the only known copies to exist was as a small Latin rendered fragment comprising only a quarter of the whole text and four complete 15th century Ethiopic manuscripts.
- The Book of Jasher’s authority is supported by two solid references in Scripture. Joshua 10:13; “And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed in place, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is it not written in the Sefer Yahshar (Book of Jasher)? So the sun stood still in the midst of the shamayim, and did not set for about a whole day.” And 2 Samuel 1:18; “Also he ordered The Bow to be taught to the children of Yahudah: see, it is written in Sefer Yahshar (Book of Jasher).”