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The Lost Books of the Bible [Paperback]

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Pages   300
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.06" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2004
Publisher   Book Tree
ISBN  1585092517  
EAN  9781585092512  

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Also known and originally published as "The Apocryphal New Testament." The twenty-six books in this volume do not appear in the Bible but offer more information beyond its scope. Some of them support or share New Testament ideas while others reveal new information about Jesus as a child, Mary's life before his birth, and much more. Each of these "lost books" includes an introduction, telling us what we know about them, including authenticity, place of origin, history of the manuscript and other interesting facts. This exclusive edition restores two original Prefaces and supplementary material that seems to have been censored in modern editions, starting in 1926.

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Fascinating, Reverential, Accurate, Old Style Translations   Oct 18, 2008
First published way back in 1820 under the title "The Apocryphal New Testament", it's certainly heartening to find that this volume of assorted translations from early Christian letters and gospels, is still eagerly read and sought after by modern readers. In my opinion, its most valuable books are "The Epistles of Clement", both which were included in some early editions of the New Testament. They were eventually cast aside, not for any theological shortcomings, but simply because they were not written by an apostle or a close associate of an apostle. Similarly dropped from the canon were the highly appealing letters by Polycarp and Barnabas, as well as the enormously popular "Shepherd of Hermas" which, despite its official exclusion, was still being copied and bound into Bibles by monks in the Middle Ages. The only factor I hold against "Lost Books of the Bible" is its old-fashioned, King James style. Many readers will doubtless find this appealing, so by way of illustration, here is the opening of Similitude 5 of Hermas: "As I was fasting, and sitting down in a certain mountain, and giving thanks unto God for all the things that he had done unto me; behold I saw the shepherd, who was wont to converse with me, sitting by me, and saying unto me: What has brought thee hither thus early in the morning: I answered, Sir, today I keep a station. He answered, What is a station? I replied, it is a fast. He said, What is that fast? I answered, I fast, as I have been wont to do. Ye know not, said he, what it is to fast unto God; nor is this a fast which ye fast, profiting nothing with God." I have published extracts from Hermas and other material, so it's therefore possible to contrast these previous verses with my own translation as it is printed in More Bible Wisdom for Modern Times: Selections from the Early New Testament: I was fasting. And while I was sitting on a certain mountain, thanking the Lord for all He had done for me, I saw the Shepherd [a mysterious figure, "clad in white, and holding a staff in his hands", sent by "the most venerable angel in heaven" to instruct Hermas] sitting beside me. "You have come here rather early," he said. "You see, my lord," I told him, "I'm keeping a station." "A station?" he asked. "What's that?" "A devotion for God. I'm fasting, my lord," I replied. "And why are you keeping this fast?" "I desire to please Him. And it's what I've been accustomed to do, my lord." "But you don't know how to fast. As far as God is concerned, this fast you're supposedly keeping for Him, is absolutely useless!"
Lost Books of Bible Review  Jan 14, 2008
Lost Books are VERY good scripture that was taught to Christians in the first century A.D.. A particularly great text is in Bartholomew where abortion is directly addressed and is CLEARLY forbidden, something you cannot find in traditional, canonized scripture.
Clarifies A Lot!  May 14, 2007
As a student of the gospel, clarity is everything. The Lost Books of The Bible allow a student to achieve a better grasp of the "why(s)" in the Word.
A Fascinating Companion to the Bible Itself  Jan 12, 2007
This book contains many writings that were simply left out of the final version of the Bible. The inside flap notes that the church suppressed many of these documents. Nevertheless, these writings do not provide any information that is truly spectacular by 21st Century standards. These documents were likely omitted because they did not fit into the neat chronology of the Bible, showed women in a stronger role than was acceptable in medieval times, or suggested that Christ made mistakes as a youth.

"The Acts of Paul and Thecla" describe a woman who helped spread the word of God. The document clearly shows her as a strong woman and a true disciple. Church elders of the medieval period probably felt that a story of a strong female was inappropriate for women of that period. The events surrounding her persecution are filled with miracles. She survived attempts to kill her through burning and attacks by wild beasts. In the end, she disappeared into a crack in a rock that was created by God. God then closed the opening behind her.

The first part of the book describes the birth of the Virgin Mary and her marriage to Joseph. The book also contains writings that describe the adolescent years of Jesus and the magical powers of the cloth used to wrap him as a baby. Some events show Jesus in a less than perfect light. These writings nevertheless describe a part of the Gospel that is not widely known.

Some parts of the book flow easily while other writings are difficult to follow. The books of Hermas provide an example of easy reading and tedious reading. "The First Book of Hermas," tells an interesting story. He passes near a great beast, one hundred feet long with locusts coming out of its mouth. Hermas was not killed by the beast as he had faith that the Lord would protect him. The third book talks of mountains and stones that are used to build a tower. Only after struggling through this document does the reader learn that the tower is a metaphor for the house of God.

The end of the book contains multiple letters from Pontius Pilate and Herod. Herod talks about how he is paying the price for killing John the Baptist. Pilate sends letters to Tiberius Caesar, which recount his reasons for crucifying Jesus. His letters also discuss the miracles surrounding Jesus such as the raising of Lazarus, and the earthquake following the crucifixion. These documents note that Tiberius subsequently killed Pilate for his role in the crucifixion.

Like the Bible itself, this book is a compilation of ancient writings. Also like the Bible, the documents are presented in two vertical columns per page. This book is a fascinating companion to the Bible. It provides insight to events surrounding the New Testament that are mostly unknown. Bottom line: a semi tough read but well worth the effort.
Recommended mature Christian to read this Book """""  Sep 22, 2006
II. I was very excited about the book (The lost books of the Bible I consider this books I liked the I. Clement, II. Clement, Barnabus, Ephesians, Magnesians, Trallians, Romans, Philadelphians, Smyrnaeans, Polycarp, Philippians, I. Hermas-Visions, II. Herman-Commands, III. Hermas-Similitudes, Letters of Herod and Pilate, The
III. Very interesting for early Christians writings some this are Gnostic influence like Infancy, Christ & Mary childhood so oblivious false
IV. I Give this Bible 5 star Good translation Like this Book

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