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!

The Lost Gospel Decoding the Ancient Text that Reveals Jesus Marriage to Mary the Magdalene

The Lost Gospel  Decoding the Ancient Text that Reveals Jesus  Marriage to Mary the Magdalene Author Simcha Jacobovici
ISBN-10 9781605987293
Year 2014-11-12
Pages 544
Language en
Publisher Pegasus Books
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An international news story when published last year, now in paperback: A historical detective story leads to dramatic and ground-breaking revelations about the life and times of Jesus. Waiting to be rediscovered in the British Library is an ancient manuscript of the early Church, copied by an anonymous monk. The manuscript is at least 1,450 years old, possibly dating to the first century. And now, The Lost Gospel provides the first ever translation from Syriac into English of this unique document that tells the inside story of Jesus’ social, family, and political life. The Lost Gospel takes the reader on an unparalleled historical adventure through a paradigm shifting manuscript. What the authors eventually discover is as astounding as it is surprising: the confirmation of Jesus’ marriage to Mary Magdalene; the names of their two children; the towering presence of Mary Magdalene; a previously unknown plot on Jesus’ life (thirteen years prior to the crucifixion); an assassination attempt against Mary Magdalene and their children; Jesus’ connection to political figures at the highest level of the Roman Empire; and a religious movement that antedates that of Paul—the Church of Mary Magdalene. Part historical detective story, part modern adventure, The Lost Gospel reveals secrets that have been hiding in plain sight for millennia.

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.

Judas

Judas Author Marvin W. Meyer
ISBN-10 9780061746000
Year 2009-10-13
Pages 192
Language en
Publisher Harper Collins
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Judas Iscariot has been demonized as the quintessential traitor, the disciple who betrayed his master for the infamous thirty pieces of silver. But the recent sensational discovery and publication of the long lost Gospel of Judas, with its remarkable portrayal of Judas Iscariot as the disciple closest to Jesus, raises serious new questions. Was Judas the only member of the Twelve who truly understood Jesus? Did Jesus secretly collaborate with Judas to set in motion the series of events that would redeem all of humankind? In search of answers, Marvin Meyer, one of the world's leading experts on the Gospel of Judas presents a collection of the earliest accounts of Judas, which together paint a fuller portrait of this most enigmatic disciple. This book presents the essential texts that deal with the figure of Judas, including New Testament writings, Gnostic documents, and other early and later Christian literature. These are the earliest known testimonies about Judas and include selections from the gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John, the Acts of the Apostles, and relevant passages from Paul. The centerpiece of the book is the Gospel of Judas, followed by excerpts from three other Gnostic texts—the Dialogue of the Savior, the Concept of Our Great Power, and the "Round Dance of the Cross"—which may shed new light on the figure of Judas. A series of additional writings on Judas produced over the centuries provide glimpses of the vilification of Judas and the emergence of anti-Semitic themes. Meyer offers evidence of traitors before Judas—the Genesis story of Joseph's brothers who sold him into slavery, the duplicitous friend of the poet in Psalm 41, and Melanthius the goatherd in Homer's Odyssey—all of which raise the question of whether the story of Judas Iscariot could be simply a piece of religious fiction derived from earlier stories. Judas provides a rich collection of original sources that tell the story of Christianity's most infamous figure, offering the fullest understanding of Judas Iscariot's undeniable importance in the climax of Jesus's life.

Keeping Your Kids on God s Side

Keeping Your Kids on God s Side Author Natasha Crain
ISBN-10 9780736965088
Year 2016-03-01
Pages 272
Language en
Publisher Harvest House Publishers
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Are your children being exposed to negative criticism of Christianity at school, from their friends, or online? This book will help you equip your kids to respond with confidence to the tough questions others ask.

The Lost Gospel

The Lost Gospel Author Burton L. Mack
ISBN-10 9780062275684
Year 2013-02-26
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Harper Collins
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The first book to give the full account of the lost gospel of Jesus' original followers, revealing him to be a Jewish Socrates who was mythologized into the New Testament Christ.

The Gospel Truth The Vatican Unearthed

The Gospel Truth   The Vatican Unearthed Author William Walker
ISBN-10 9781622877126
Year 2014-12-01
Pages 272
Language en
Publisher First Edition Design Pub.
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After the devastating loss of their only son, twelve-year-old Stephen to a horrific suicide, and their anguish compounded when they learn that someone also molested him, Kate and Clive Jessap start their search for answers at his private Catholic school in the Hollywood Hills. The detective on the case questions all of the teachers and students, except Father Toby, Stephen's mentor, who is missing. The church is unwilling to divulge his whereabouts and the detective suspects that he has gone back to Rome. With no jurisdiction in Rome and being fully aware of the Vatican's ranking effectively above the law, the detective acknowledges there is no more he can do. The Jessaps however, are determined to get to the bottom of what happened and go to Rome where they team up with Kate's brother. The priest they trailed there is murdered but not before, he shares information that leads to ancient documents and a written confession. With the unearthing of these documents, Kate, Clive and Sean find themselves caught in a web of lies, deceit and illegal activities linking the Vatican, Mafia and the American Embassy. Determined to get justice, they set out with relentless fervor to untangle the intrigues. Those who seek to keep the secrets will stop at nothing, including murdering anyone that threatens their power. The Jessaps find themselves on that list and must outwit and survive their enemies, while they face the dilemma of what to do with secrets that could shake the Vatican to its core and change the face of Christianity forever. Keywords: Mystery Thriller, Pope, Suspense Thriller, Action Adventure, Murder Mystery, Fiction, The Vatican, Mafia, Crime Thriller, Justice, Hitman

Lamb

Lamb Author Christopher Moore
ISBN-10 9780748114481
Year 2009-11-05
Pages 512
Language en
Publisher Hachette UK
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The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years - except Biff, the Messiah's best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in this divinely hilarious, yet heartfelt work 'reminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams' (Philadelphia Inquirer). Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes, Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Saviour's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more - except maybe 'Maggie,' Mary of Magdala - and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

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)

The Psychedelic Gospels

The Psychedelic Gospels Author Jerry B. Brown
ISBN-10 9781620555033
Year 2016-09-15
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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Reveals evidence of visionary plants in Christianity and the life of Jesus found in medieval art and biblical scripture--hidden in plain sight for centuries • Follows the authors’ anthropological adventure discovering sacred mushroom images in European and Middle Eastern churches, including Roslyn Chapel and Chartres • Provides color photos showing how R. Gordon Wasson’s psychedelic theory of religion clearly extends to Christianity and reveals why Wasson suppressed this information due to his secret relationship with the Vatican • Examines the Bible and the Gnostic Gospels to show that visionary plants were the catalyst for Jesus’s awakening to his divinity and immortality Throughout medieval Christianity, religious works of art emerged to illustrate the teachings of the Bible for the largely illiterate population. What, then, is the significance of the psychoactive mushrooms hiding in plain sight in the artwork and icons of many European and Middle-Eastern churches? Does Christianity have a psychedelic history? Providing stunning visual evidence from their anthropological journey throughout Europe and the Middle East, including visits to Roslyn Chapel and Chartres Cathedral, authors Julie and Jerry Brown document the role of visionary plants in Christianity. They retrace the pioneering research of R. Gordon Wasson, the famous “sacred mushroom seeker,” on psychedelics in ancient Greece and India, and among the present-day reindeer herders of Siberia and the Mazatecs of Mexico. Challenging Wasson’s legacy, the authors reveal his secret relationship with the Vatican that led to Wasson’s refusal to pursue his hallucinogen theory into the hallowed halls of Christianity. Examining the Bible and the Gnostic Gospels, the authors provide scriptural support to show that sacred mushrooms were the inspiration for Jesus’ revelation of the Kingdom of Heaven and that he was initiated into these mystical practices in Egypt during the Missing Years. They contend that the Trees of Knowledge and of Immortality in Eden were sacred mushrooms. Uncovering the role played by visionary plants in the origins of Judeo-Christianity, the authors invite us to rethink what we know about the life of Jesus and to consider a controversial theory that challenges us to explore these sacred pathways to the divine.

Jesus and the Gospels

Jesus and the Gospels Author Craig L. Blomberg
ISBN-10 9780805444827
Year 2009
Pages 500
Language en
Publisher B&H Publishing Group
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Gold Medallion Award-winning study of Christ’s life as recorded in the Gospels, newly updated in 2009 from the original 1997 work.

Jesus Tried and True

Jesus Tried and True Author H. H. Drake Williams
ISBN-10 9781621896371
Year 2013-01-11
Pages 190
Language en
Publisher Wipf and Stock Publishers
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Are the gospels found within the New Testament superior to others? Has the church unfairly chosen Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John while leaving out many others? Are there truly lost Christianities that would enrich our understanding of Jesus? Would modern-day seekers as well as followers of Jesus be better served by including gospels outside of the New Testament in their understanding of Jesus? Jesus Tried and True answers these questions by examining the date, source, and reception of the canonical gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and then comparing this data with the other gospels. It assesses this information by looking within these gospels and also evaluating early church history, examining the writings of early church writers such as Papias, Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, and Eusebius. It then compares these findings with the date, source, and reception of the non-canonical gospels that have received the most attention lately such as the Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Mary, Gospel of Judas, Gospel of Philip, and Gospel of Peter. There is also a brief survey of thirteen of the most important non-canonical gospels. The survey provides an opinion on the dependence of these upon the gospels within the New Testament. JJesus Tried and True affirms the superiority of the New Testament gospels. It concludes by addressing whether non-canonical gospels are "lost Christianities" and also whether the designation "apocryphal" is appropriate for other gospels.

The Gnostic Gospels

The Gnostic Gospels Author Elaine Pagels
ISBN-10 9781780226705
Year 2013-07-25
Pages 192
Language en
Publisher Hachette UK
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As discussed in The Da Vinci Code... Long buried and suppressed, the Gnostic Gospels contain the secret writings attributed to the followers of Jesus. In 1945 fifty-two papyrus texts, including gospels and other secret documents, were found concealed in an earthenware jar buried in the Egyptian desert. These so-called Gnostic writings were Coptic translations from the original Greek dating from the time of the New Testament. The material they embodied - poems, quasi-philosophical descriptions of the origins of the universe, myths, magic and instructions for mystic practice - were later declared heretical, as they offered a powerful alternative to the Orthodox Christian tradition. In a book that is as exciting as it is scholarly, Elaine Pagels examines these texts and the questions they pose and shows why Gnosticism was eventually stamped out by the increasingly organised and institutionalised Orthodox Church.