We’re continuing our conversation with David Hocking, author of Annotated Sacred texts and LDS Annotated Scriptures. This time we’re going to focus on his amazing scriptures with the Books of 1,2 and 3 Enoch and Book of Jasher. We’ll learn more about why David felt it was important for LDS audiences to see these books which are considered scripture in other Christian groups. We’ll also see his amazing work on the Book of Isaiah, including both Joseph Smith Translation and Book of Mormon differences. Finally, we’ll talk about his latest book, the Joseph Smith Translation of the New Testament. David has done some amazing things with it.
273 Pages with Insights, Illustrations, Old Testament Artwork and Reformatted Text.
This Annotated Edition of the Book of Jasher seems to have struck a resonant chord among readers of this ancient parallel Biblical history spanning a timeframe from the creation of Adam and Eve to the conquest of Canaan by Joshua.
From the gorgeous cover to the gilded pages filled with scores of Master painters of Biblical art, annotations, insights and a comprehensive Index, the book’s unique appeal stems, in part, from the fact that it is the first edition to feature a literary treatment of the many Hebraisms in the text. Another aspect is the changing font colors throughout the text: red for Deity, blue for angels and italicized blue for the voice of Satan.
The familiar 1840 English text has been treated in three unique dimensions:
- 1st, LITERARY treatment of the text;
- 2nd, addition of “INSIGHT” pages;
- 3rd, use of vast amounts of COLOR in a variety of forms.
The Annotated Edition of
The Book of Jasher
COMPILED and EDITED BY
David R. Hocking
The content has not been altered, but the formatting and literary presentation of the text has. e.g. verses are combined into coherent paragraphs; new descriptive headers appear within chapters over each new thought. Verse numbers are superscripted; poetical stanzas shown in their Hebraic forms; quotation marks, indentation and BOLD text identify voices of speakers, and much more; Ancient Hebraic writing forms such as psalms, parallelisms, etc. are shown in-context along with font colors which establish textual hierarchy.
Over ten years in the making, this edition gives powerful testimony to the fact that the Book of Jasher is indeed a rich Hebrew literary masterpiece centered on the founding and early history of the Hebrew Nation.
The editor of this annotated edition, David R. Hocking of Raleigh, North Carolina, began the project as a way of enhancing his own study of the Book of Jasher to determine if it related an authentic parallel history as contained in the Hebrew Old Testament Scripture. His findings reveal that modern revelations prior to the English translation in 1840 corroborate specific events in the Book of Jasher that are not found in the Old Testament, and will, therefore, enhance your understanding of how this volume supplements Old Testament studies.
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The Annotated Edition of the Book of Jasher is more like a textbook for those that want more in-depth understanding of the people, places and events that shape the narrative. There are annotations, research articles, diagrams, charts and maps are very helpful to understanding this ancient text that supports the Old Testament scripture.
EASY TO READ
You’ll find it easier (and much faster) to read and understand in its non-verse format. You can immediately tell by colors, indentations, paragraphs and quotations who is speaking.
CHILDREN & TEENAGERS
They will find all the annotations very informative and interesting. Biblical artwork enhances the traditional stories as told in the Old Testament.
The annotations, “Insight pages,” and comprehensive Appendix are all enlightening and testimony strengthening.
INTRODUCTION TO FORMATTING STYLE ELEMENTS
THE ANNOTATED EDITION OF THE BOOK OF JASHER has been formatted to enlarge our understanding of and give reverence to this unique and sacred volume of ancient Biblical history of the early Hebrew nation. The reader will immediately note that the text is structured and formatted differently from the versions currently in print.
THE ANNOTATION OF THE TEXT utilizes several style elements:
- Use of quotations when there is speech
- Use of paragraphs for complete thoughts
- Use of color for clarity of voice spoken: Red for Deity; Blue for angels and quoted scripture; italicized Blue for Satan
- Use of italics for paraphrased quotes
- Use of capitalized references to LORD, i.e. Me, Mine, etc.
- Use of style elements for emphasis, i.e. prophecies are indented
- Use of capitalized nouns.
The familiar text has been addressed in three specific dimensions:
- In the first dimension, a literary treatment of the full text of The Book of Jasher.
- In the second dimension, the addition of insight pages.
- In the third dimension, the inclusion of vast amounts of color in many forms including master painters of Biblical artwork, validating the historical accuracy of the text.
The original content of The Book of Jasher has not been altered, reduced or revised; Only the formatting of the text and its literary representation has been revised, altered and enhanced quite extensively.
The literary treatment combines verses into coherent paragraph structures then adds descriptive headers within chapters. Verse numbers are superscripted; poetical stanzas are shown in their Hebraic forms; quotation marks and indentation identify voices of speakers; Ancient Hebraic writing forms and word-patterns are shown in-context along with font colors which are used to establish textual hierarchy (importance).