Genesis And Jasher

Q. I’m wondering if it is accepted to use books other than the original books of the bible for bible study. I ask, because my wife & I are currently attending a Bible study Sunday evenings and the book of Jasher is given as much (if not more) credence than the book of Genesis that we are supposed to be studying. Do you think this is OK?

A. The Book of Genesis is the inspired word of God, the Book of Jasher is not. That’s why it’s not part of the Bible. Where Jasher agrees with Genesis it’s unnecessary, and where it disagrees it’s incorrect. Extra-Biblical books should be approached with a healthy skepticism, and used only as background in support of the Biblical text. After all, the class you are attending is called a Bible study.

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