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Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden [Paperback]

By Thomas Nelson (Author)
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Pages   572
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5" Height: 1.3"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 27, 2002
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0529020610  
EAN  9780529020611  

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Suppressed by the early Church fathers who compiled the Bible, these Apocrypal Books have for centuries been shrouded in silence. Now, for the first time in paperbound book, the reader can discover the hidden beauties of the Lost Books. To be found in this volume are the Apostles' Creed, the Psalms and Odes of Solomon, and other Apocrypal writings that have become part of our religious heritage. The story of Joseph and Potiphar's wife, of Adam and Eve, of the girlhood and betrothal of Mary, of the childhood of Jesus, are here in all warmth, intimacy, and humanity of their first telling.

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Though apocryphal in nature, these books--suppressed by the Church Fathers--are fascinating and beautifully written. Here you can read for yourself many of the manuscripts which were excluded form the Cannon of Scripture, and discover new appreciation for those which were chosen.

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Good information, bad layout  May 1, 2009
This is great source information to be able to reference some of the material available to the early church, just because it is not "scripture" does not mean it is not helpful.... try telling a group of pastors to get rid of their entire libraries because they are not "scripture".

These are likely some of things Paul early church people would have read... ever wonder what kind of things would have been in the "scrolls especially the parchments"? Paul requested be brought to Him... well it would not have been his letters...
Lost Manuscripts  Dec 30, 2008
I do believe that this book shows a lot views of life over the Centuries; and from the point of view of maybe not the Star characters. But non the less true christian and how the word of God has been kept. I feel as though none of the books should have been left out. It's nice to know that they still exist. You can feel the flavor of the word of God you instinctly know the word of God when you read it.
AWSOME  Dec 22, 2008
I love this book, if antone is looking to enhance their knowldge of Jesus and his mother Mary along with her family then this book is just what you need. After i had gotten the book for myself i have odered at least 5 more for other people that have heard me talk about the going on's in this book. It will be one that you will share with others and people will be amazed at all the miracles that took place around Jesus long before he came on the scene in the book of Matthew.

A Prejudice against an Ancient Piece of Sacred Literature ?  Nov 19, 2008

"... The very words of Jesus were in many instances, suggested by sayings current in his day, more or less as unconscious quotations from the Testaments of the 12 Patriarchs."
The Rev. Dr. William Guthrie, Rector of St. Mark's-in-the-Bouwerie.

Ancient Sacred Writings:
Indeed, by the Hebrews a story was popularly presumed to have its hero for its author. Moses wrote the account of his own death. Deuteronomy was of course, his own work, although obviously intended to alter the traditional religion. Jonah wrote the little novel about himself. David was the author of the Psalms because reported to have instituted the first temple choir, and as a lad to have played the harp soothing the nerves of King Saul. When an author for the book of Job was wanted, though the whole discussion of the work proves it was written to refute the Wisdom literature which by tradition began with the Proverbs of Solomon, Moses was chosen as a suitable author!
So for centuries among the Jews, and Christians, writers sought to shelter themselves behind the names of the great dead. In this they were guilty of no fraud. They imagined what Solomon or Enoch would say, or sing, upon a particular theme under given circumstances. It was not really they themselves, but their Solomon, their Enoch, Solomon or Enoch in them, who uttered the new prophesies or temple praises.

Brief History of Esoteric Writings:
People who felt endowed with special talents could hardly adapt themselves to the corset of established faith. They went underground. Yet they endeavoured to contact kindred spirits and pupils willing to follow in their footsteps to pass on the work. This applies above all to the Gnostic movement which made ancient Alexandria its seat. Esoteric tradition became handed down in spiritual groups, communes, or fraternities. Their mutual devotion resulted in a high degree of perfection comparable to the guilds of craftsmen. In their mystical experiences they beheld a spiritual reality that could hardly be reconciled with the dogmatic traditions of the churches. When passing on their experiences, they had to exercise caution, to avoid being accused of heresy. Yet knowledgeable minds would understand their veiled writings, symbolic representations, or even gestures.
Questioned by the early Church fathers who compiled the books of the Bible, these Apocrypal and Pseudoepigrapha Books have for centuries been shrouded in silence, and copied in secrecy. Now, since the advent of the New Age, after WWII, modern readers can discover the hidden beauties of those long neglected Books. Renewed interest in these spiritual, religious and magical traditions had a strong impact on the minds of man. The latest revival in a popularized form is that of the New Age movement in the late sixties.

Rediscovered Non Canonicals:
To be found in some editions, is a wide range of varieties from the Apostles' Creed, to the Odes of Solomon, and other Apocryphal writings that have become part of the Judeo Christian religious heritage. You could encounter some in the Koran like, the story of Joseph with the wife of Potiphar, the girlhood and betrothal of Mary, and the childhood of Jesus. They are narrated in all warmth, intimacy, and humanity of their authors, and imaginative additions and edition of their first story tellers.

Pseudepigrapha and Apocrypha:
Thus arose that body of literature, called by modern scholars, "Pseudepigrapha," that is, writings erroneously, unhistorically, and yet sincerely, ascribed to heroic figures summed from the vastly deep by a self-denying imagination, eager to alter man's belief and custom, to interpret his hope and sorrow, without personal gain or fame, and also, may one add, without the deterrent of persecution to arrest free utterance! Now it is a foolish modern prejudice against an ancient piece of literature that its author veiled his person in this fashion. The only question is: Was the writing of inherent value? Did it exercise influence? William Guthrie
The Lost Books Of The Bible and the Forgotten Books Of Eden  Jul 26, 2007
I was raised with the King James version of the Bible and have difficulty accepting other translations.I acquired my copy of The Lost Books at a garage sale and I enjoy it so much I ordered one for my grandson. Not only is it great to read from a historical point, it is easy to read.It reads like a very good novel.The chapters are tied together chronologicaly which holds you attention and keeps you reading for hours on end.I have heard of this book all of my life .To finally have a copy is a treasure and a dream come true.

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