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Lost Scriptures: Books that Did Not Make It into the New Testament [Hardcover]

By Bart D. Ehrman (Author)
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Pages   352
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.3" Width: 6.2" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 2, 2003
Publisher   Oxford University Press
ISBN  0195141822  
EAN  9780195141825  

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We may think of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament as the only sacred writings of the early Christians, but this is not at all the case. Lost Scriptures offers an anthology of up-to-date and readable translations of many non-canonical writings from the first centuries after Christ--texts that have been for the most part lost or neglected for almost two millennia. Here is an array of remarkably varied writings from early Christian groups whose visions of Jesus differ dramatically from our contemporary understanding. Readers will find Gospels supposedly authored by the apostle Philip, James the brother of Jesus, Mary Magdalen, and others. There are Acts originally ascribed to John and to Thecla, Paul's female companion; there are Epistles allegedly written by Paul to the Roman philosopher Seneca. And there is an apocalypse by Simon Peter that offers a guided tour of the afterlife, both the glorious ecstasies of the saints and the horrendous torments of the damned, and an Epistle by Titus, a companion of Paul, which argues page after page against sexual love, even within marriage, on the grounds that physical intimacy leads to damnation. In all, the anthology includes fifteen Gospels, five non-canonical Acts of the Apostles, thirteen Epistles, a number of Apocalypes and Secret Books, and several Canon lists. Ehrman has included a general introduction, plus brief introductions to each piece. Lost Scriptures gives readers a vivid picture of the range of beliefs that battled each other in the first centuries of the Christian era. It is an essential resource for anyone interested in the Bible or the early Church.

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Bart D. Ehrman Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He came to UNC in 1988, after four years of teaching at Rutgers University. At UNC he has served as both the Director of Graduate Studies and the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies.

A graduate of Wheaton College (Illinois), Professor Ehrman received both his Masters of Divinity and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary, where his 1985 doctoral dissertation was awarded magna cum laude. Since then he has published extensively in the fields of New Testament and Early Christianity, having written or edited twenty-four books, numerous scholarly articles, and dozens of book reviews.

Among his most recent books are a Greek-English edition of the Apostolic Fathers for the Loeb Classical Library (Harvard University Press), an assessment of the newly discovered Gospel of Judas (Oxford University Press), and four New York Times Bestsellers: Jesus Interrupted (an account of scholarly views of the New Testament), God’s Problem (an assessment of the biblical views of suffering), Misquoting Jesus (an overview of the changes found in the surviving copies of the New Testament and of the scribes who produced them) and Forged (discusses why some books in the New Testament are deliberate forgeries). His books have been translated into twenty-seven languages.

Among his fields of scholarly expertise are the historical Jesus, the early Christian apocrypha, the apostolic fathers, and the manuscript tradition of the New Testament.

Professor Ehrman has served as President of the Southeast Region of the Society of Biblical literature, chair of the New Testament textual criticism section of the Society, book review editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature, and editor of the monograph series The New Testament in the Greek Fathers (Scholars Press). He currently serves as co-editor of the series New Testament Tools, Studies, and Documents (E. J. Brill), co-editor-in-chief for the journal Vigiliae Christianae, and on several other editorial boards for journals and monographs in the field.

Professor Ehrman lectures extensively throughout the country. Winner of numerous university awards and grants, he is the recipient of the 2009 J. W. Pope “Spirit of Inquiry” Teaching Award, the 1993 UNC Undergraduate Student Teaching Award, the 1994 Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement, and the Bowman and Gordon Gray Award for excellence in teaching.

Professor Ehrman has two children, a daughter, Kelly, and a son, Derek. He is married to Sarah Beckwith (Ph.D., King's College London), Marcello Lotti Professor of English at Duke University. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Bart D. Ehrman currently resides in Chapel Hill, in the state of North Carolina. Bart D. Ehrman has an academic affiliation as follows - Department of Religious Studies, The University of North Carolina, Cha.

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Good Book  Mar 29, 2007
If you have an interest in the scriptures and as I do in what we are not told this is a good starting point. I have not read the whole book from cover to cover but have picked my way through choosing what interested me. Spin is not a twenty-first century phenomena it would seem that it was very much part of the formation of the Bible as we know it today, this book gives you an insight and possibly an idea that the Christen religion could have been very different not to mention the world in which we live in today.
Good book  Mar 5, 2007
This book was very good. Some of the texts I found a bit boring,others were facinating. I recommend this book as a way to better understand and enrich your faith
A mix of non-canonised books.  Feb 24, 2007
This book is a collection of different types of ancient writings.
Some are gnostic while I recognise others that I have read in "Lost Books of the Bible" or as individual books.
"The Didache" is one of those books.
One of the motivations for my purchasing this particular book was the inclusion of "The Coptic Gospel of Thomas".
The author had this to say in the Introduction of this book-"Some scholars have maintained that the sayings of Thomas may be closer to what Jesus actually taught than what we find in the New Testament..." The book has a gnostic point of view though. I don't subscribe to the gnosticism,but this particular book does mirror the Gospels in some respects.

Some more books I found interesting in this collection were:
The Proto-Gospel of James.
This book focuses on Mary prior to Messiah's birth, with James supposedly being the author.

The Shepherd of Hermas.
"The Shepherd was a popular book among Christians of the first four centuries.Written by Hermas,brother of Pius,Bishop of Rome during the first half of the second century."
This book addresses ethics.

The Letter of Barnabas.
It was part of the Codex Sinaiticus(4th century greek manuscript).
More or less a Christianity vs. Judaism theme.

With this type of literature the reader needs to be aware that some of it is similar to Scripture while some of it is definitely not.
As a collection I rate this book slightly better than "The Lost Books of the Bible".
Lost Scriptures  Feb 17, 2007
Provides good literature and illustrates the complex and exotic world of the second and third century Christianity.
Lost but Now Found  Nov 9, 2006
Wonderful and riveting book(S). Many references to the books we know now, gives deeper insight into the people of the times. Book of Thomas tells of Jesus's infantile years. Mary Magdalene speaks. A+ for all those who seek deeper understanding and insight.

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