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The Lost Books of the Bible: Being All the Gospels, Epistles and Other Pieces Now Extant Attributed to Jesus Christ, His Apostles and Companions Hardcover – 31 Dec 1994


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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Gramercy,US; New edition edition (31 Dec 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517277956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517277959
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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115 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson on 16 Sep 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book contains 26 literary works from the early Christian Church. These "books" were extant in the early Church, but when the New Testament was officially organized into Canon Scripture (officially accepted books), these were among those left behind. This book was originally published in 1890, reprinted in 1926, and again in 1979.
As one might expect with any collection of stories, this one is a mixed bag of good and bad stories. Some of these works are long and tedious, while some are short and don't seem to contain anything new. However, all of them allow a fascinating glimpse into the thoughts of various factions within the early Church.
Personally, I enjoyed The Epistles of Paul the Apostle to Seneca, with Seneca's to Paul, and the Epistles of Clement. I highly enjoyed this book and recommend it to you.
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130 of 141 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 6 Jan 2006
Format: Paperback
There is something somewhat misleading about the title of this book - in fact, most of the selections contained in this book are not 'lost' documents at all. For example, the Dead Sea Scrolls (which are not contained in this book) were well and truly lost - they were buried for centuries, and those who buried them did not leave notice of where they were in any way that survived; hence, when they were found, they were truly recovered from having been lost. What makes the documents in this book 'lost' contextually is that they were not included in the canon of the New Testament texts.
In the early church, there was no consistent agreement about what belonged in the Bible and what was not to be included. Modern-day readers of books such as the 'Da Vinci Code' can understand some of the issues and dilemmas here - there were no printing presses, no consistency of library cataloging or copyrighting, and no central authority in the oft-persecuted church as to who could make a decision of what texts were valuable. Indeed, even the Hebrew scriptures existed in variations, and the modern day issue of apocryphal books included or not included in the Bible stems from the difference between the Greek and Hebrew translations of the Hebrew scriptures/Old Testament texts.
For example, the book of the Shepherd of Hermas, included here, was well known to the early church, and continued to be a document known to church historians and scholars in the subsequent centuries, even if it was not commonly known and read by the laity in the churches. The apostle Paul was far from the only letter writer of the early church; the New Testament includes some other letters (Peter, John, etc.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By jdb on 16 July 2010
Format: Paperback
Although the book has interesting 'books' in it, I had not read the reviews prior to purchase (I have found most reviews of other books to be so different from my experience I usually don't bother).
I was therefore very disappointed to find that discoveries in the last 84 years were not there.
There are other books about the 'books' which were omitted from the bible which are much more up to date.
Nonetheless worth having on its own terms.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rondoll on 24 Dec 2010
Format: Paperback
I found this a very useful bacvkground reading to my Bible Studies.
It is comprehensive [for a paperback] an gave me all the information I needed. It also provided a use feading list
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79 of 96 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Dec 1997
Format: Hardcover
An incredible resource for all Christians. Gospel of Nicodemus gives incredible insight to events surrounding the Crucifixion. Very insightful works also attributed to Clement, Barnabas, Hermas and letters sent between Herod and Pilate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By happy go lucky on 6 Aug 2013
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I really found this book fascinating as it contains some books which aren't included in the King James Bible, For any one interested in Theology this is the book for you .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. Divine on 14 Nov 2013
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There were aspects of the book which I could not go along with (in one chapter Jesus comes over as a precocious, horrible child). However, some chapters were believable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bible student on 4 Mar 2014
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I would sagest one who is very advanced in scripture could read this with comfort. But not anyone who dose not knw the Bible very well
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