The Hebrew Bible word yashar is used for what is "straight, upright or right." In Modern Hebrew it also means "righteous, direct or honest."


God himself is called "Yashar" (Isa 26:7; Ps 25:8), and his word is "yashar" (Ps 19:9; 33:4). His people are called to live "yashar" lives (Deut 6:18; Ps 112:4).

When I began this study paper in 1986, I chose this word to represent what I believed the Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament were calling people in our time to rediscover: honest, straight teachings in the Bible, without twisted, gnarled interpretations often found in religious traditions.

The final edition of Yashar (April 1995) is 20 pages long. If you wish to see it, click on the title to open and/or download it.