The Torah makes reference to a Book of the Wars of God (Bamidbar 21:10-16). According to most opinions this was an actual written work which has been lost over time. It is not clear (at least to me) who the author of this work would have been. I would like to know what the status of this book would be, and why, should it be recovered. Would it be included in Tanakh (the biblical canon) and have a status similar to Divrei HaYamim, would it be treated as any other document from the ancient world, having no special status, or perhaps somewhere in between?

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    How can we know? – רבות מחשבות Aug 7 '19 at 13:18
  • Interestingly, all three branches of Tanach make reference to an outside book: this one, Sefer Melachim repeatedly references the chronicles of Malchus Yehudah and Malchus Yisrael, and Megillas Esther references the chronicles of Paras u’Madai. You might consider asking about those as well. – DonielF Aug 7 '19 at 14:51
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    @DonielF my understanding is the former is a reference to Divrei HaYamim (Chronicles) and the latter is a historical work of the Persian period. – rikitikitembo Aug 7 '19 at 14:53
  • @rikitikitembo Melachim was written by Yirmiya and Divrei Hayamim by Ezra, so I don’t see how that can be possible. Also, even if that were accurate, it doesn’t answer the one about Malchus Yisrael, as they’re not discussed in Divrei Hayamim. All of these books are historical works - to support your question you’d need to address why you’d think some might be holier than others. Compare the apocrypha - just because it’s Jewish history doesn’t make it on-topic, er, eligible for the Biblical canon. – DonielF Aug 7 '19 at 14:57
  • related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/79575/… – Nic Aug 8 '19 at 15:12

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