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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: A&B Books; New edition edition (Oct 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881316637
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881316633
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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I have the Scofield Study Bible KJV and this aids my understanding of key stories. Right now I'm reading the books of Adam and Eve and they really help me to visualise the emotions that must have been prevalent after the expulsion from Eden. I would recommend this to open minded people that seek a greater metaphysical understanding of the words of the Bible.
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This book is amazing. It will change your outlook on all that you thought you knew about Christianity and being a Christian.
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By ruby on 31 Aug 2014
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12 of 24 people found the following review helpful By dytha on 13 Jan 2006
If you are searching for books that did not get into the Bible, this is a good start. The Christian Church decided which of its books should be regarded as scripture; many were rejected, and these documents are just a few of them. They certainly were never "lost" as they have been studied for years. Some were regarded by some early Christians as holy scripture, some not. Only the Christian Church could decide, and did.
The front cover is horrific. I bought this edition in 1998 and complained that this dreadful cover was an afront to the contents. I also complained to the publishers that the illustrations show New Testament characters (even Jesus and His Mother) as being Black Africans ! I told them that I regarded this as being racist. By the way, Jesus and Mary were Isrealites and Jewish.
However, it is a good introduction to Biblical apocryphal (i.e. outside the accepted Biblical books) writings. However, it is a reprint of the very early 20th Century reprinting. There are many other books covering the same subject which do not have such offensive and racist illustrations, and are of recent, and better, scholarship.
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What Might Have Been: Apocrypha & Pseudepigrapha 11 April 2006
By C. J. Hardman - Published on Amazon.com
A decent collection of books which, for whatever reason, were excluded by the early Church (Catholic) councils from what became the Old Testament and New Testament. Initially published in 1926, each one of the "Lost Books" includes a brief introduction giving background and history. Like the editors of this two-part volume, I do not feel it is necessary to share my opinion of the historicity of these works, each reader can decide for him or herself what is shadow and what is reality, and consider the debate which at one time engulfed some of these books.

This volume is divided into two sections. The first is called "Lost Books of the Bible", and includes works which deal with Jesus & company, and may at one time have been considered part of the New Testament Gospel. Includes are the following 26 "lost" books:

Mary, Protevangelion, I. Infancy, II. Infancy, Christ and Abgarus, Nicodemus, The Apostles' Creed, Laodiceans, Paul and Senica, Paul and Thecla, 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 Last Gospel of Peter

Part the Second is titled "The Forgotten Books of Eden", and includes works which are suited to the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament. They too were excluded by Jewish (and some Christian) councils due to doubts about their age and origins. Includes are the following 20 books:

The First Book of Adam and Eve, The Second Book of Adam and Eve, The Secrets of Enoch, The Psalms of Solomon, The Odes of Solomon, The Letter of Aristeas, The Fourth Book of Maccabees, The Story of Ahikar, The Testament of Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Joseph, Benjamin

This affordable book offers a thought provoking read for those with a general interest "outside of the box". While the translations are somewhat dated, they are not difficult to understand.
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To Go A Step Beyond 23 Sep 2004
By Richard R. Carlton - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a good choice to begin to learn about the amazing history of the Christian Church.

Especially Gnosticism and the early Christian Church, and especially the creation of the New Testament Bible. For a different review....here is my review of books that build on these interests, especially the "lost" books of the New Testament Bible and the concepts of Gnosticism.

Nearly all knowledgeable Biblical scholars realize there have been a wide range of writings attributed to Jesus and his Apostles..... and that some of these were selected for compilation into the book that became known as the Bible.....and that some books have been removed from some versions of the Bible and others have been re-discovered in modern times.

The attention focused on Gnosticism by Dan Brown's DaVinci Code may be debatable, but the fact is that increased attention on academics tends to be predominately positive, so I welcome those with first-time or renewed interest. At least first-timers to Gnosticism are not pursuing the oh-so-popular legends of the Holy Grail, Bloodline of Christ, and Mary Magdalene.

This is great......I seldom quote other reviewers, but there is one reviewer of Pagels' books who confided that he had been a Jesuit candidate and had been required to study a wide range of texts but was never was told about the Nag Hamadi texts. He said:

"Now I know why. The Gospel of Thomas lays waste to the notion that Jesus was `the only begotten Son of God' and obviates the need for a formalized church when he says, `When your leaders tell you that God is in heaven, say rather, God is within you, and without you.' No wonder they suppressed this stuff! The Roman Catholic Church hasn't maintained itself as the oldest institution in the world by allowing individuals to have a clear channel to see the divinity within all of us: they need to put God in a bottle, label the bottle, put that bottle on an altar, build a church around that altar, put a sign over the door, and create rubricks and rituals to keep out the dis-believing riff-raff. Real `Us' versus `them' stuff, the polar opposite from `God is within You.' `My God is bigger than your God' the church(s)seem to say. And you can only get there through "my" door/denomination. But Jesus according to Thomas had it right: just keep it simple, and discover the indwelling Divinity `within you and without you.'"

Here are quickie reviews of what is being bought these days on the Gnostic Gospels and the lost books of the Bible in general:

The Lost Books of the Bible (0517277956) includes 26 apocryphal books from the first 400 years that were not included in the New Testament.

Marvin Meyers' The Secret Teachings of Jesus : Four Gnostic Gospels (0394744330 ) is a new translation without commentary of The Secret Book of James, The Gospel of Thomas, The Book of Thomas, and The Secret Book of John.

James M. Robinson's The Nag Hammadi Library in English : Revised Edition (0060669357) has been around 25 years now and is in 2nd edition. It has introductions to each of the 13 Nag Hammadi Codices and the Papyrus Berioinensis 8502.

The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English (0140278079) by Geza Vermes has selected works....a complete work is more difficult to achieve than the publisher's marketing concept indicates. His commentary generates strong reactions.

Elaine Pagels has 2 books (The Gnostic Gospels 0679724532 and Beyond Belief : The Secret Gospel of Thomas 0375501568) that have received considerable attention lately. For many, her work is controversial in that it is written for popular consumption and there is a strong modern interpretation. She does attempt to reinterpret ancient gender relationships in the light of modern feminist thinking. While this is a useful (and entertaining) aspect of college women's studies programs, it is not as unethical as some critics claim. As hard as they may try, all historians interpret the past in the context of the present. Obviously there is value in our attempts to re-interpret the past in the light of our own time.

If you want the full scholarly work it is W. Schneemelcher's 2 volume New Testament Apocrypha.

Also, to understand the Cathars......try Barbara Tuckman's Distant Mirror for an incredible historical commentary on how the Christian Church has handled other points of view
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Shouldn't be that controversial 10 April 2003
By Andre M. - Published on Amazon.com
This book is actually quite interesting. There is really no reason why it should be controversial.
Sure, there are those of the fundamentalist/evangelical view who have been taught that to even look at something like this will make one hellbound, but that's malarkey in my opinion. Many of these stories actually make for good reading.
The Adam and Eve tale is fascinating excercise in religious fiction which proports to explain where cain got his wife, what happened to Adam and Eve after they left the Garden of Eden, etc. The Infancy Gospel is a bizzare tale of a wayward young Jesus before he learned to use his powers wisely. The letter of Pilate gives the Roman leader's feelings after the crucifixion, etc. Among the best is the Story of Ahikar, which is somewhat of an ancient Hebrew mix of the Arabian Nights and Aesop's Fables. The Secrets of Enoch (not to be confused with the Book of Enoch) tells of Enoch's adventures in heaven.
As long as this book is taken for what it actually is, which is a collection of entertaining ancient "what if" stories and nothing more, no one should have any problem with it. A good read on a spare evening
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Books help to add understanding of the Bible 27 Nov 2012
By C. Robinson - Published on Amazon.com
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The Lost Books of the Bible give accounts of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and how she lived her entire life in service to God. They also give accounts of Jesus' childhood, what happened when Jesus faced Pilate, and what happened following his death and resurrection. The Forgotten Books of Eden explain what happened to Adam and Eve after the fall and to their children up to the time of the flood, what actually happened to Enoch, and testimonies of Joseph and his brothers. These are just a few things included in these amazing books that I believe have helped strengthen my faith! I very much recommend this set of books!!
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The Lost Books is an "eye opener" 10 Feb 2013
By musical Val - Published on Amazon.com
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Reading the lost books is an eye-opener for anyone who wants, "the rest of the story" of the bible. This book is the reprint of the 1929 version that went out of print for many years. The "Forgotten Books of Eden" , the second half of the book, also tells the stories of Eden that I was not aware of. It's worth your time.
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