Book of Jasher 36
At that time the Lord appeared unto
Jacob saying, Arise, go to
there, and make there an altar to the Lord who appeareth unto thee, who
delivered thee and thy sons from affliction.
And Jacob rose up with his sons and
all belonging to him, and they went and came to
the word of the Lord.
And Jacob was ninety-nine years old
when he went up to Bethel, and Jacob and his sons and all the people that were
with him, remained in Bethel in Luz, and he there built an altar to the Lord
who appeared unto him, and Jacob and his sons remained in Bethel six months.
At that time died Deborah the
daughter of Uz, the nurse of Rebecca, who had been with Jacob; and Jacob buried
that was there.
And Rebecca the daughter of Bethuel,
the mother of Jacob, also died at that time in
Kireath-arba, and she was buried in the
Abraham had bought from the children of Heth.
And the life of Rebecca was one
hundred and thirty-three years, and she died and when Jacob heard that his
mother Rebecca was dead he wept bitterly for his mother, and made a great
mourning for her, and for Deborah her nurse beneath the oak, and he called the
name of that place Allon-bachuth.
And Laban the Syrian died in those
days, for God smote him because he transgressed the covenant that existed
between him and Jacob.
And Jacob was a hundred years old
when the Lord appeared unto him, and blessed him and called his name
the wife of Jacob conceived in those days.
And at that time Jacob and all
belonging to him journeyed from
father’s house, to
And whilst they were going on the
road, and there was yet but a little way to come to Ephrath, Rachel bare a son
and she had hard labor and she died.
And Jacob buried her in the way to
Ephrath, which is
a pillar upon her grave, which is there unto this day; and the days of Rachel
were forty-five years and she died.
And Jacob called the name of his son
that was born to him, which Rachel bare unto him, Benjamin, for he was born to
him in the land on the right hand.
And it was after the death of Rachel,
that Jacob pitched his tent in the tent of her handmaid Bilhah.
And Reuben was jealous for his mother
Leah on account of this, and he was filled with anger, and he rose up in his
anger and went and entered the tent of Bilhah and he thence removed his
At that time the portion of
birthright, together with the kingly and priestly offices, was removed from the
sons of Reuben, for he had profaned his father’s bed, and the birthright was
given unto Joseph, the kingly office to Judah, and the priesthood unto Levi,
because Reuben had defiled his father’s bed.
And these are the generations of
Jacob who were born to him in Padan-aram, and the sons of Jacob were twelve.
The sons of Leah were Reuben the
first born, and Simeon,
Zebulun, and their sister Dinah; and the sons of Rachel were Joseph and
The sons of Zilpah, Leah’s handmaid,
were Gad and Asher, and the sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s handmaid, were Dan and
Naphtali; these are the sons of Jacob which were born to him in Padan-aram.
And Jacob and his sons and all
belonging to him journeyed and came to Mamre, which is Kireath-arba, that is in
Abraham and Isaac sojourned, and Jacob with his sons and all belonging to him,
dwelt with his father in
And his brother Esau and his sons,
and all belonging to him went to the
there, and had possessions in the
children of Esau were fruitful and multiplied exceedingly in the
And these are the generations of Esau
that were born to him in the
sons of Esau were five.
And Adah bare to Esau his first born
Eliphaz, and she also bare to him Reuel, and Ahlibamah bare to him Jeush,
Yaalam and Korah.
These are the children of Esau who
were born to him in the
sons of Eliphaz the son of Esau were Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam, Kenaz and
Amalex, and the sons of Reuel were Nachath, Zerach, Shamah and Mizzah.
And the sons of Jeush were Timnah,
Alvah, Jetheth; and the sons of Yaalam were Alah, Phinor and Kenaz.
And the sons of Korah were Teman,
Mibzar, Magdiel and Eram; these are the families of the sons of Esau according
to their dukedoms in the
And these are the names of the sons
of Seir the Horite, inhabitants of the
Shobal, Zibeon, Anah, Dishan, Ezer and Dishon, being seven sons.
And the children of Lotan were Hori,
Heman and their sister Timna, that is Timna who came to Jacob and his sons, and
they would not give ear to her, and she went and became a concubine to Eliphaz
the son of Esau, and she bare to him Amalek.
And the sons of Shobal were Alvan,
Manahath, Ebal, Shepho, and Onam, and the sons of Zibeon were Ajah, and Anah,
this was that Anah who found the Yemim in the wilderness when he fed the asses
of Zibeon his father.
And whilst he was feeding his
father’s asses he led them to the wilderness at different times to feed them.
And there was a day that he brought
them to one of the deserts on the sea shore, opposite the wilderness of the
people, and whilst he was feeding them, behold a very heavy storm came from the
other side of the sea and rested upon the asses that were feeding there, and
they all stood still.
And afterward about one hundred and
twenty great and terrible animals came out from the wilderness at the other
side of the sea, and they all came to the place where the asses were, and they
placed themselves there.
And those animals, from their middle
downward, were in the shape of the children of men, and from their middle
upward, some had the likeness of bears, and some the likeness of the keephas,
with tails behind them from between their shoulders reaching down to the earth,
like the tails of the ducheephath, and these animals came and mounted and rode
upon these asses, and led them away, and they went away unto this day.
And one of these animals approached
Anah and smote him with his tail, and then fled from that place.
And when he saw this work he was
exceedingly afraid of his life, and he fled and escaped to the city.
And he related to his sons and
brothers all that had happened to him, and many men went to seek the asses but
could not find them, and Anah and his brothers went no more to that place from
that day following, for they were greatly afraid of their lives.
And the children of Anah the son of
Seir, were Dishon and his sister Ahlibamah, and the children of Dishon were
Hemdan, Eshban, Ithran and Cheran, and the children of Ezer were Bilhan, Zaavan
and Akan, and the children of Dishon were Uz and Aran.
These are the families of the
children of Seir the Horite, according to their dukedoms in the
And Esau and his children dwelt in
the land of Seir the Horite, the inhabitant of the land, and they had
possessions in it and were fruitful and multiplied exceedingly, and Jacob and
his children and all belonging to them, dwelt with their father Isaac in the
land of Canaan, as the Lord had commanded Abraham their father.