Wednesday, April 26, 2017

About extra books mentioned in the Torah

What are those seemingly "extra" books that Torah is talking about. For example, this verse:
AV Num 21:14 Wherefore it is said in the book of the wars of the LORD, What he did in the Red sea, and in the brooks of Arnon,
So what "book" does the Torah talk about?

First of all, the word ספר (sefer) means literally "a scroll". It can be translated as a book but it would not be precise translation and would only cause confusion just like the verse above shows.

So the correct translation of the word "sefer" is "a scroll".

Here is another translation of the same verse from above which gets this word right:
YLT Num 21:14 therefore it is said in a scroll,  'The wars of Jehovah,' --'Waheb in Suphah, And the brooks of Arnon;
Scroll of what? The Written Torah of'course! 

In all instances in the Written Torah where the word "sefer" is used it usually refers ONLY to the SCROLL OF THE WRITTEN TORAH !!! THERE WERE NO OTHER BOOKS !!! Translation shown in the beginning of the post is most certainly very wrong translation.

Another argument in favor of my interpretation is Genesis 5:1, where you can clearly see that the word "sefer" refers to the Torah itself, more specifically to the part that follows the verse in question.

All seeming references to other books in the Written Torah should be understood to refer to the Written Torah itself! This is the most important lesson here.

I hope now it is clear to you that the only book that God talks about is the Written Torah and nothing else!

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