Book of Jasher 60
And when the year came round, being
the seventy-second year from the Israelites going down to Egypt, after the
death of Joseph, Zepho, the son of Eliphaz, the son of Esau, fled from Egypt,
he and his men, and they went away.
And he came to
Dinhabah, to Angeas king of
received them with great honor, and he made Zepho the captain of his host.
And Zepho found favor in the sight of
Angeas and in the sight of his people, and Zepho was captain of the host to
Angeas king of
And Zepho enticed Angeas king of
all his army to go and fight with the Egyptians, and with the sons of Jacob,
and to avenge of them the cause of his brethren.
But Angeas would not listen to Zepho
to do this thing, for Angeas knew the strength of the sons of Jacob, and what
they had done to his army in their warfare with the children of Esau.
And Zepho was in those days very
great in the sight of Angeas and in the sight of all his people, and he
continually enticed them to make war against
And it came to pass in those days
there was in the
was Uzu, and he became degenerately deified by the children of Chittim, and the
man died and had no son, only one daughter whose name was Jania.
And the damsel was exceedingly
beautiful, comely and intelligent, there was none seen like unto her for beauty
and wisdom throughout the land.
And the people of Angeas king of
they came and praised her unto him, and Angeas sent to the children of Chittim,
and he requested to take her unto himself for a wife, and the people of Chittim
consented to give her unto him for a wife.
And when the messengers of Angeas
were going forth from the land of Chittim to take their journey, behold the
messengers of Turnus king of Bibentu came unto Chittim, for Turnus king of
Bibentu also sent his messengers to request Jania for him, to take unto himself
for a wife, for all his men had also praised her to him, therefore he sent all
his servants unto her.
And the servants of Turnus came to
Chittim, and they asked for Jania, to be taken unto Turnus their king for a
And the people of Chittim said unto
them, We cannot give her, because Angeas king of
to take her unto him for a wife before you came, and that we should give her
unto him, and now therefore we cannot do this thing to deprive Angeas of the
damsel in order to give her unto Turnus.
For we are greatly afraid of Angeas
lest he come in battle against us and destroy us, and Turnus your master will
not be able to deliver us from his hand.
And when the messengers of Turnus
heard all the words of the children of Chittim, they turned back to their master
and told him all the words of the children of Chittim.
And the children of Chittim sent a
memorial to Angeas, saying, Behold Turnus has sent for Jania to take her unto
him for a wife, and thus have we answered him; and we heard that he has
collected his whole army to go to war against thee, and he intends to pass by
the road of Sardunia to fight against thy brother Lucus, and after that he will
come to fight against thee.
And Angeas heard the words of the
children of Chittim which they sent to him in the record, and his anger was
kindled and he rose up and assembled his whole army and came through the
islands of the sea, the road to Sardunia, unto his brother Lucus king of
And Niblos, the son of Lucus, heard
that his uncle Angeas was coming, and he went out to meet him with a heavy
army, and he kissed him and embraced him, and Niblos said unto Angeas, When
thou askest my father after his welfare, when I shall go with thee to fight
with Turnus, ask of him to make me captain of his host, and Angeas did so, and
he came unto his brother and his brother came to meet him, and he asked him
after his welfare.
And Angeas asked his brother Lucus
after his welfare, and to make his son Niblos captain of his host, and Lucus
did so, and Angeas and his brother Lucus rose up and they went toward Turnus to
battle, and there was with them a great army and a heavy people.
And he came in ships, and they came
Turnus came toward them, for he went forth to Sardunia, and intended to destroy
it and afterward to pass on from there to Angeas to fight with him.
And Angeas and Lucus his brother met
Turnus in the
battle was strong and mighty between them in that place.
And the battle was severe upon Lucus
king of Sardunia, and all his army fell, and Niblos his son fell also in that
And his uncle Angeas commanded his
servants and they made a golden coffin for Niblos and they put him into it, and
Angeas again waged battle toward Turnus, and Angeas was stronger than he, and
he slew him, and he smote all his people with the edge of the sword, and Angeas
avenged the cause of Niblos his brother’s son and the cause of the army of his
And when Turnus died, the hands of
those that survived the battle became weak, and they fled from before Angeas
and Lucus his brother.
And Angeas and his brother Lucus
pursued them unto the highroad, which is between Alphanu and Romah, and they
slew the whole army of Turnus with the edge of the sword.
And Lucus king of Sardunia commanded
his servants that they should make a coffin of brass, and that they should
place therein the body of his son Niblos, and they buried him in that place.
And they built upon it a high tower
there upon the highroad, and they called its name after the name of Niblos unto
this day, and they also buried Turnus king of Bibentu there in that place with
And behold upon the highroad between
Alphanu and Romah the grave of Niblos is on one side and the grave of Turnus on
the other, and a pavement between them unto this day.
And when Niblos was buried, Lucus his
father returned with his army to his land Sardunia, and Angeas his brother king
And the inhabitants of Bibentu heard
of his fame and they were greatly afraid of him, and they went forth to meet
him with weeping and supplication, and the inhabitants of Bibentu entreated of
Angeas not to slay them nor destroy their city; and he did so, for Bibentu was
in those days reckoned as one of the cities of the children of Chittim;
therefore he did not destroy the city.
But from that day forward the troops
of the king of Africa would go to Chittim to spoil and plunder it, and whenever
they went, Zepho the captain of the host of Angeas would go with them.
And it was after this that Angeas
turned with his army and they came to the city of Puzimna, and Angeas took
thence Jania the daughter of Uzu for a wife and brought her unto his city unto