Lost Scriptures

Lost Scriptures Author Bart D. Ehrman
ISBN-10 9780195182507
Year 2005-09-15
Pages 342
Language en
Publisher Oxford University Press
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A companion volume to Lost Christianities, this remarkable anthology of long-lost Christian writings that were never included in the New Testaments includes fifteen additional gospels, thirteen epistles, five non-canonical Acts of the Apostles, Apocalypes and Secret Books, and brief introductions to each. History Dual Main. (Scripture)

Lost Scriptures

Lost Scriptures Author Bart D. Ehrman
ISBN-10 9780199727131
Year 2003-10-02
Pages 352
Language en
Publisher Oxford University Press
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While most people think that the twenty-seven books of the New Testament are the only sacred writings of the early Christians, this is not at all the case. A companion volume to Bart Ehrman's Lost Christianities, this book 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 Apocalypses and Secret Books, and several Canon lists. Ehrman has included a general introduction, plus brief introductions to each piece. This important anthology gives readers a vivid picture of the range of beliefs that battled each other in the first centuries of the Christian era.

Lost Scriptures

Lost Scriptures Author Bart D. Ehrman
ISBN-10 0199743681
Year 2003-10-02
Pages 352
Language en
Publisher Oxford University Press
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While most people think that the twenty-seven books of the New Testament are the only sacred writings of the early Christians, this is not at all the case. A companion volume to Bart Ehrman's Lost Christianities, this book 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 Apocalypses and Secret Books, and several Canon lists. Ehrman has included a general introduction, plus brief introductions to each piece. This important anthology gives readers a vivid picture of the range of beliefs that battled each other in the first centuries of the Christian era.

The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden

The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden Author Rutherford Hayes Platt
ISBN-10 0452009448
Year 1974-12-01
Pages 640
Language en
Publisher Plume
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Suppressed by the early Church Fathers who compiled the Bible, these Apocryphal Books have for centuries been shrouded in silence. Now, for the first time in a 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 Apocryphal 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 the warmth, intimacy, and humanity of their first telling.

Lost Christianities

Lost Christianities Author Bart D. Ehrman
ISBN-10 0199756686
Year 2005-09-15
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Oxford University Press
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The early Christian Church was a chaos of contending beliefs. Some groups of Christians claimed that there was not one God but two or twelve or thirty. Some believed that the world had not been created by God but by a lesser, ignorant deity. Certain sects maintained that Jesus was human but not divine, while others said he was divine but not human. In Lost Christianities, Bart D. Ehrman offers a fascinating look at these early forms of Christianity and shows how they came to be suppressed, reformed, or forgotten. All of these groups insisted that they upheld the teachings of Jesus and his apostles, and they all possessed writings that bore out their claims, books reputedly produced by Jesus's own followers. Modern archaeological work has recovered a number of key texts, and as Ehrman shows, these spectacular discoveries reveal religious diversity that says much about the ways in which history gets written by the winners. Ehrman's discussion ranges from considerations of various "lost scriptures"--including forged gospels supposedly written by Simon Peter, Jesus's closest disciple, and Judas Thomas, Jesus's alleged twin brother--to the disparate beliefs of such groups as the Jewish-Christian Ebionites, the anti-Jewish Marcionites, and various "Gnostic" sects. Ehrman examines in depth the battles that raged between "proto-orthodox Christians"--those who eventually compiled the canonical books of the New Testament and standardized Christian belief--and the groups they denounced as heretics and ultimately overcame. Scrupulously researched and lucidly written, Lost Christianities is an eye-opening account of politics, power, and the clash of ideas among Christians in the decades before one group came to see its views prevail.

The Missing Gospels

The Missing Gospels Author Darrell L. Bock
ISBN-10 9781418578107
Year 2007-10-07
Pages 260
Language en
Publisher Harper Collins
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IS JESUS WHO YOU THINK HE IS? Perhaps you've heard the recent buzz about "alternative Christianities" and "new gospels." Speculations have shown up in magazines, documentaries, popular fiction, and even on the big screen. Much of the controversy stems from a library of ancient texts found at Nag Hammadi, Egypt. Now revolutionary questions about the Christian faith are being raised as a result of these findings: Is Jesus truly a divine Savior or just a teacher of wisdom? Is orthodoxy a by-product of third-century or fourth-century theologians? Did Judas betray Jesus because of evil intent or a request by Jesus? Does salvation include the physical body or just the soul? Darrell L. Bock takes you on a tour of the new claims as well as the controversial writings, examining their origins and comparing them with traditional sources. With discussion questions for group or individual study at the end of each chapter, The Missing Gospels will help you understand the messages of all of these writings so you can form your own opinion. This provocative work could even change what you believe!

Original Christianity

Original Christianity Author Peter Novak
ISBN-10 1612832350
Year 2005-09-29
Pages 336
Language en
Publisher Hampton Roads Publishing
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“Whoever finds the interpretation of these sayings will not experience death.” -from the Gospel of Thomas The work of scholars such as Elaine Pagels and Marvin Meyer have captured the imagination of the public by setting forth the Gospel of Thomas and other lost teachings of Jesus. Now Peter Novak, in Original Christianity, brings forth a critical element essential for fully understanding these scriptures. Novak argues that the authors of these early texts subscribed to the Binary Soul Doctrine--an ancient belief system that allows for both reincarnation and an eternal afterlife. Novak’s interdisciplinary approach offers fresh insights on the beliefs and politics of the early church founders. He points out that reincarnation was a commonly held Christian belief until it was voted out of “official” Christianity and the record expunged. This newfound key reveals the true identities of many mysterious Biblical figures, such as Lazarus, Barabbas, Judas, and especially the Apostle Thomas, who may not only have been Jesus’ identical twin brother, but indeed a second Christ in his own right, who lived to produce a genetically identical bloodline. More important still, the rediscovery of the lost theology of Original Christianity means Christ’s central message of personal integrity can again take center stage.

The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot

The Lost Gospel of Judas Iscariot Author Bart D. Ehrman
ISBN-10 9780195343519
Year 2008-10-01
Pages 198
Language en
Publisher Oxford University Press
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The biblical scholar recounts the events surrounding the discovery and handling of the Gospel of Judas, and provides an overview of its content, in which Judas is portrayed as a faithful disciple.

The Other Gospels

The Other Gospels Author Bart D. Ehrman
ISBN-10 9780199335220
Year 2014-01
Pages 324
Language en
Publisher Oxford University Press
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Ehrman and Plese present a rare compilation of over 40 ancient gospel texts and textual fragments that do not appear in the New Testament.

The Apocryphal Gospels

The Apocryphal Gospels Author Bart Ehrman
ISBN-10 9780199831289
Year 2011-07-21
Pages 624
Language en
Publisher Oxford University Press
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Bart Ehrman--the New York Times bestselling author of Misquoting Jesus and a recognized authority on the early Christian Church--and Zlatko Plese here offer a groundbreaking, multi-lingual edition of the Apocryphal Gospels, one that breathes new life into the non-canonical texts that were once nearly lost to history. In The Apocryphal Gospels, Ehrman and Plese present a rare compilation of over 40 ancient gospel texts and textual fragments that do not appear in the New Testament. This essential collection contains Gospels describing Jesus's infancy, ministry, Passion, and resurrection, as well as the most controversial manuscript discoveries of modern times, including the most significant Gospel discovered in the 20th century--the Gospel of Thomas--and the most recently discovered Gospel, the Gospel of Judas Iscariot. For the first time ever, these sacred manuscripts are featured in the original Greek, Latin, and Coptic languages, accompanied by fresh English translations that appear next to the original texts, allowing for easy line by line comparison. Also, each translation begins with a thoughtful examination of key historical, literary, and textual issues that places each Gospel in its proper context. The end result is a resource that enables anyone interested in Christianity or the early Church to understand--better than ever before--the deeper meanings of these apocryphal Gospels. The Apocryphal Gospels is much more than an annotated guide to the Gospels. Through its authoritative use of both native text and engaging, accurate translations, it provides an unprecedented look at early Christianity and the New Testament. This is an indispensable volume for any reader interested in church history, antiquity, ancient languages, or the Christian faith.

The Forbidden Books of the New Testament

The Forbidden Books of the New Testament Author Archbishop Wake
ISBN-10 1540868133
Year 2016-12-08
Pages 236
Language en
Publisher Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Archbishop William Wake's translations of texts excluded or analogous with the Biblical New Testament remains an authoritative, well-regarded and wide-ranging source for scholars and enthusiasts of ancient Christendom. In this collection are books which detail the life of Mary the mother of Jesus Christ, and the miracles performed by the infant Christ. A further book details the childhood of Jesus, together with his later interactions with various individuals important or incidental to the New Testament narrative. Later in the text we encounter the various epistles such as the Magnesians, Romans, Trallians and Philadelphians. Some of these writings appear to be intended as a supplement to the existing books of the New Testament, rather than as entirely distinct books in themselves. Not all of the books contain anecdotes or conversations between the major figures of the New Testament. Many are more concerned with discussing various aspects of Christian virtue and practice such as how one may conduct a good fast, avoid slipping into deceit, and retain a strong belief in the one, true God. As such, we can consider many of these texts as wholesome instruction on matters of observance. When he first translated the apocryphal texts of the Bible in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, Archbishop William Wake was a revered figure in the Church of England. He held an intense personal interest in the ancient texts, and worked tirelessly to collate and translate them into English for the consideration of Christian audiences. Although these books are not considered canon, many date from ancient times and were under consideration for inclusion in the New Testament. In the centuries since Wake uncovered these texts, it is without doubt that substantially more on the subject has been discovered by various archaeologists, historians, researchers and Biblical scholars. However, as a single source of Biblical apocrypha, Wake's collection remains the most complete. This edition of the Forbidden Books unites all of the 17th and 18th century texts, supplementing them with an explanatory preface and referential notes appended at the conclusion of each book. The chapters and verses are set out with the greatest clarity, allowing the reader ease of reading and comprehension.

Whose Word is It

Whose Word is It Author Bart D. Ehrman
ISBN-10 0826491294
Year 2006-03-01
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher A&C Black
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In Whose Word Is It? Bart Ehrman tells the story behind the mistakes and changes that ancient scribes made to the New Testament and shows the great impact they had on the Bible we use today. He makes the provocative case that many of our cherished biblical stories and widely held beliefs concerning the divinity of Jesus, the Trinity and the divine origins of the Bible itself stem from intentional and accidental alterations by scribes - alterations that dramatically affected all subsequent versions of the Bible.

Secret Scriptures Revealed

Secret Scriptures Revealed Author Tony Burke
ISBN-10 9780281068463
Year 2013-06-20
Pages 176
Language en
Publisher SPCK
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Throughout history, Christians have expressed their faith through story. They created texts featuring important early Christian figures—like Jesus, Peter, Paul, Mary Magdalene, and Judas—to express their relationships to God and to the world around them. Some of these texts are found in today's New Testament, but there is a wide assortment of other texts that are not included in the Bible. Secret Scriptures Revealed answers, in clear accessible terms, many frequently asked questions about the Christian Apocrypha. It describes and explains the key texts and includes a much-needed discussion of the enduring value of the Christian Apocrypha. This book recognizes that the Apocrypha are fascinating texts, which have much to offer in terms of understanding early Christian communities and the canonical Bible.

The Book of Enoch

The Book of Enoch Author R. H. Charles
ISBN-10 0787301647
Year 1997-06-01
Pages 329
Language en
Publisher Health Research Books
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1912 Translated from the editor's ethiopic text and edited with the introduction, notes and indexes of the first edition wholly recast, enlarged and rewritten. Together with a reprint from the editor's text of the Greek Fragments by R. H. Charles, D. Li.

Lost Books of the Bible

Lost Books of the Bible Author Joseph B. Lumpkin
ISBN-10 193653357X
Year 2015
Pages 830
Language en
Publisher Fifth Estate
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The Lost Books of the Bible: The Great Rejected Texts - Eighteen of the most sought after books available, which shed light on the evolution of our faith, our theology, and our church. Translations and commentary by the author of the best selling book, "The Lost Books of Enoch," Joseph Lumpkin. - Section One: Lost Scriptures of the Old Testament- First Book of Adam and Eve, Second Book of Adam and Eve, First Book of Enoch, Second Book of Enoch (Secrets of Enoch), Jubilees, Jasher, The Story of Ahikar - Section Two: Apocalyptic Writings and the End of Days- Apocalypse of Abraham, Apocalypse of Thomas 4 Ezra, 2 Baruch, War Scroll (Sons of Dark vs. Sons of Light) - Section Three: Lost Scriptures of the New Testament- Gospel of Philip, Gospel of Mary Magdalene, Apocryphon of John, Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Judas, Acts Chapter 29