Contradictions: Jasher(Yashar), Jubilees(Yovheliym), and the Death of Cain(Qayin)


"Remember the former things of old: for I am EL, and there is none else; I am ELOHIYM, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:"

(Isa 46:9-10 The Eth CEPHER)


Reading the books of Jasher and Jubilees was a great joy to me and I am grateful to Dr. Pidgeon for their inclusion in the publication of the Eth CEPHER. I remember the first time I read through the book of Joshua when it mentioned in 10:13; "Is it not written in the Cepher of Yashar?" I thought, "What's that? And where is it?" Now, twenty years later, I have read this book and other extra-biblical texts. In trying to understand these texts, I looked up the objections against both books. One of the biggest objections I found was the contradictory nature between the two accounts of Cain's (Qayin) death. Let's take a look at both accounts:


"And Lemek was old and advanced in years, and his eyes were dim that he could not see, and Tubal Qayin, his son, was leading him and it was one day that Lemek went into the field and Tubal Qayin was with him, and while they were walking in the field, Qayin son of Adam advanced towards them; for Lemek was very old and could not see much, and Tubal Qayin was very young. And Tubal Qayin told his father to draw his bow, and with the arrows he smote Qayin, who was yet far off, and he slew him, for he appeared to them to be an animal. And the arrows entered Qayin's body although he was distant from them, and he fell to the ground and died. And YAHUAH requited Qayin's evil according to his wickedness, which he had done to his brother H'avel, according to the Word of YAHUAH which he had spoken. And it came to pass when Qayin had died, that Lemek and Tubal Qayin went to see the animal which they had slain, and they saw, and behold Qayin their grandfather was fallen dead upon the earth. And Lemek was very much grieved at having done this, and in clapping his hand together he struck his son and caused his death."

(Yashar 2:26-31 The Eth CEPHER)


Simple. Straight forward. Makes sense. How does this compare to what is in the Torah?


"And Lemek said unto his women, Adah and Tsillah, Hear my voice; ye women of Lemek, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt. If Qayin shall be avenged seven fold, truly Lemek seventy and seven fold."

(Gen 4:23-24 The Eth CEPHER)


"For I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt." He just killed two people by accident as recounted in the book of Jasher.


"At the close of this jubilee Qayin was killed after him (Adam) in the same year; for his house fell upon him and he died in the midst of his house, and he was killed by its stones; for with a stone he killed in righteous judgment. For this reason it was ordained on the heavenly tablets: with the instrument with which a man kills his neighbor with the same shall he be killed; after the manner that he wounded him, in like manner shall they deal with him."

(Yovheliym 4:31-32 The Eth CEPHER)


What? That's not even close to the account in Jasher. Or is it? First, let's go back to Genesis.


"And surely...your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require...the life of man. Whoso sheds man's blood, by man shall...his blood be shed: for in the image of ELOHIYM made he man."

(Gen 9:5-6 The Eth CEPHER)


That is essentially the same as what the book of Jubilees claims what "was ordained on the heavenly tablets." So both books are in line with aspects of Genesis in their recounting of the death of Qayin, since Genesis doesn't come right out and say "And this is how Qayin son of Adam died", so we need to play detective.


What does the book of Jubilees claim to be?


"And he (YAHUAH) said to the angel of the presence: Write for Mosheh from the beginning of creation till my sanctuary has been built among them for all eternity. And YAHUAH will appear to the eyes of all, and all shall know that I am the ELOHIYM of Yashar'el and the Father of all the children of Ya'aqov, and King of mount Tsiyon for all eternity. And Tsiyon and Yerushalayim shall be holy. And the angel of the presence who went before the camp of Yashar'el took the tables of the divisions of the years from the time of the creation of the Torah and of the testimony of the weeks of the jubilees according, to the individual years, from the day of the new creation when the heavens and the earth shall be renewed and all their creation according to the powers of the heaven, and according to all the creation of the earth, until the sanctuary of YAHUAH shall be made in Yerushalayim on Mount Tsyion, and all the luminaries be renewed for healing and for peace and for blessing for all the elect of Yashar'el, and that thus it may be from that day and unto all the days of the earth."

(Yovheliym 1:28-2:1)


The book of Jubilees is a second witness to Genesis. Which is exactly what we should expect to find. YAHUAH loves his Torah and follows his own law. "In the mouth of two or three witness shall a matter be established." (Deut 19:15) So the passage about Qayin's death in Jubilees is given to Mosheh by an angelic being and given with a law about justice. It was thus written from an eternal perspective of justice in a poetic language.


Who killed Qayin? "...his house fell upon him and he died in the midst of his house..." Lemek and Tubal Qayin were his grandchildren, they were of Qayin's house. If the stones of a house fall in on the owner/builder it would be considered an accident. Lemek and Tubal Qayin thought Qayin was an animal and they killed him not even knowing he was human- an accident. "...and he was killed by its stones..." Just as Lemek and Tubal Qayin were "stones" that built Qayin's house (think in the terms of a family tree), "...for with a stone he killed H'avel..." so was he also a "stone" in Adam's house, "...and by a stone was he killed in righteous judgement."


I believe these are two different accounts from two different perspectives of one single incident. They are meerly written in two different ways. One telling the story in a play-by-play fashion and the other a more poetic version referencing the stores as members of a family tree. Both saying the same thing meerly in different ways; thus giving us different perspectives. Perspective can make all the difference and YAHUAH's perspective is perfect.


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