After burning the Force tree in front of Luke, our little green friend says the following about the sacred Jedi texts:

Read them, have you? Page-turners, they were not.

How does Yoda know that those books are not page-turners?

  • Had he read them before dying? (and if so, how?)

  • Can he "read" them through the Force while being dead?

  • Is he just joking and has no idea what's inside them?

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    Assuming they're like a manual for the force they're not going to be particularity gripping. Also I think Luke refers to them as the original Jedi texts meaning there were likely copies.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 14:19
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    It struck me that these are copies of the original Jedi writings rather than the literal originals (paper + moist sea air + 1000 years = mulch). As such, there would likely have been other copies available in the Jedi temples and Yoda would have had an opportunity to study them.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 14:45
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    @Valorum they were stored in a place of great power. I think it's reasonable to assume the force could keep a few books dry. Which is not to say other copies didn't exist, I'm sure they did, only that those could actually have been the original manuscripts.
    – terdon
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 17:37
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    @terdon - That's not how the Force works.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 19:15
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    Why don't you think those sacred texts weren't digitized in Jedi Archives?
    – user931
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 23:19

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Yoda was a Jedi Master for over 800 years and had access to what is most likely the most comprehensive library in the galaxy. I say the odds are high that 1) The Jedi library had a copy of the texts (if not the originals themselves) and 2) at some point in his 800 years as a Master he found time to read them at least once.

Indeed for all we know they're required reading for padawans!

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