Lost Books of The Bible

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FundyMormonGrimes
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Lost Books of The Bible

Hello does anyone know where I can find copies of the lost books of the bible?

I know at one time it was voted on what would be kept in the bible and what would be taken out. I would like to have copies of the books that were taken out of the bible.

I appreciate the help.

Thanks!

Famman32
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Lost books

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I found some the otherday and they were called the Apocrypha. And if you google them they are on line.

Garrison
doubtfully

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there was ever any kind of authoritative "vote" on the subject.  Not by any organized church, or any persons who could have been presumed to have a knowledge base that would have qualified the selection.

The Roman period Christians had a lot of stuff, writing from the people of the era of early Christianity.  Some was more highly regarded than others, that' all.

It took reformers, Protestants, to utterly reject some of the material, and some was not credible to many people even in the dark ages, particularly as the Protestant Reformation unfolded, so the folks who produced the King James Bible, who made many decisions by "vote" did choose to omit them.

It helped to distingnuish the Church of England from the Catholics a bit, but since the set of Aposrypha indluded in the Latin Vulgate was not studied, or referenced, much, even by Catholics, it was no big deal.

If Mormons want more scriptures to study, they are probably out of luck because it takes a unanimous vote to change or produce anything new anymore.  And don't look for the Apocrypha to be included any time soon.

Garrison

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The books of Jasher and Enoch

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The books of Jasher and Enoch are supposedly mentioned in the Bible. 

 

 

Verifyveritas76
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Additional extra? Biblical books

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There are several that I'm familiar with and would recommend. The books of Enoch and Jasher are both good reading, Josephus is also a good read.  I like the translation by William Whiston. It is laid out much like our Old Testament and easy to find cowitness with.  I like much of RH Charles works.  There is also The Dead Sea Scrolls published by HarperOne.  Translated by Michael Wise, Martin Abegg Jr, and Edward Cook.  The Lost Books of the Bible edited by Rutherford H Platt, Jr. published by the apocryphile press.  Also one called The Other Bible by HarperOne publishers.

 

 

Verifyveritas76
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Also

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Also the book of Jubilees or Little Genesis is a very informative good read.  There is another book that has just come to light since 2015   Gad the Seer  by Ken Johnson   

Most of these books are available on Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Verifyveritas76
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Additional source

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There is also a Great website called earlychristianwritings.com. It has archived hundreds of manuscripts that have been translated into English, sometimes with multiple translations, as well as commentaries on the dating and content.  Most of the manuscripts are from the first century on.  

joelynne
There are no Lost Books of the Bible

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You have the Bible and then you have the Catholic Church chose later on to add some stuff such as the Apocrypha. You will find no Dead Sea Scrolls to match the Apocrypha because it wasn't originally part of the Bible

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Rock
the reality of bible books

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the history of the bible as we know it is easily verified.
the council of Nicea, 325AD, the STATE organized a meeting of the different sects of christianity to create a STATE governed church. This would be the same today as if Trump called all Heads of Christian churches in to decide what the 'new doctrine' would be and TRUMP would be the President of that Church. ...actually, not. It would be more akin to say OBAMA being the president because Constantine, the leader of new church was not even Christian. Yes, I do realize that Obama 'says' he is Christian.

this is how it was. like it or not.

so, there were at least 1500 different scrolls that were extant in those times to choose from. 66 scrolls were chosen. Interesting number. Those 66 were chosen to conform to the STATE propagandized version of Christianity. Those 'christians' that would not subscribe to the STATE church aka 'the great church' and continued meeting under their previous doctrines, were hunted down as heretics and killed. yah, that's true too. What would you do if Obama was the new leader of the Church of USA?...and your church was DISSOLVED? Well, that is what happened.

those that say that the bible has all the 'true books' in it and any other scrolls which were shelved at the time of the creation of the State church are 'heresy' ,...is an uneducated nitwit.

the book of Jasher, for example is regarded by orthodox Jews as being a more accurate account of the books of Genesis and Exodus, yet Constantine and crew didn't see it that way. I wonder why?

there are many of those ancient scrolls which have been translated which are available today. The majority are still hidden in the VATICAN., never seeing the light of day... i wonder why! lol.

I had the opportunity to have met Glenn Kimball , a past historian for the LDS church. He is a scholar in Aramaic, Hebrew etc and was one of the translators for the Nag Hammadi scrolls. He is one of the very few that has accessed the Vatican library and the catacombs under the Vatican. He gave me some good first hand information on these subjects that really opened my eyes. The truth of these matters is quite mindblowing. Everyone wants to live in their little box with fingers in their ears and eyes shut so as to not be exposed to anything that violates their little 'safe' world.

the 'lost books of the bible' is an actual book containing several of the scrolls that were passed up in the council of Nicea. They are excellent references and educational to read. I would highly recommend it for a start. https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2/143-9138212-1572825?url=search...

those that wish to really dive into the deeper rabbit hole , try reading the 'nag hammadi library'. These were scrolls found in "Nag Hammadi' in caves,. These texts are based on gnostic christian teachings and contain many quotes of Jesus which most today would call 'heretical' including the Book of Mary where the apostles described Christ as 'kissing Mary on the mouth'. Also, in the Nag Hammadi, it is taught that the Holy Ghost is female. Funny how Joseph Smith agreed with both of these claims above. ...Mary was the wife of Christ and that the Holy Ghost was female. Hmmm. I guess he was a nutjob for believing in such heretical nonsense, right?

Gnosticism was the more modern (post Christ) derivation of Gnosis. Gnosis is the opposite of Agnostic. Gnostic is 'God can be known'. (Agnostic means 'God cannot be known')

The fundamental teaching of Gnosis/Gnosticism is the striving for the resurrection through Christ in this life. ...

well. I have no intention of offending anyone. my only intention is to crack open a few doors that will benefit anyone that dares to go on.

Verifyveritas76
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All truth

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There is a fallacy perpetrated in many Christian circles today.  It follows the line of thought that because all of the Bible is true, thus the Bible is all truth.  That nothing existing outside the 66 books has any divine authority whatsoever.  That anything not contained within the express text of the 66 books is automatically untrue.  

If you stop to think through that statement for more than 30 seconds, the fallacy becomes immediately obvious.  If still in doubt, consider the words of the apostles when they commented that there were many things left unwritten and that if they had been written, the books of the world could not contain them.  That was contextually true at the ascension of Christ.  Then you have 13 books, mentioned in Scripture as being divinely inspired and thus authoritative.

There are thirteen books recorded in the Old Testament that are recommended reading for us. Book of the Wars of the Lord (Num. 21:14) Book of Jasher (Josh. 10:13) Annals of Jehu (2 Chr. 20:34) Treatise of the Book of the Kings (2 Chr. 24:27) Chronicles of Kings (Esther 2:23; 6:1) Acts of Solomon (1 King. 11:41) Sayings of the Seers (2 Chr. 33:19) Chronicles of King David (1 Chr. 27:24) Book of Gad the Seer (1 Chr. 29:29) Book of the Prophet Iddo (2 Chr. 13:22) Prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite (2 Chr. 9:29) Shemaiah the Prophet (2 Chr. 12:15) Book of Nathan the Prophet (1 Chr. 29:29) Book of Samuel the Seer (1 Chr. 29:29)

Obviously, this list does not include the Book of Enoch, Little Genesis or Jubilees.  The first of which was begun by Enoch and finished by Noah and handed down at least to Levi.  The second was probably written by the same author of Jasher, (who some say was most likely Samuel) and that he is the most likely author of the books of the Judges and 1 Samuel.  Though many would claim that there are a multitude of copyist and transcription errors in Enoch and Jasher, at the time of Christ they were no doubt intact, and referenced as Scripturally authoritative by the apostles.  In some cases, like the book of Gad the Seer, certain Biblically referenced ideas have their origins like:   

Scriptural Allusions to the book of Gad the Seer In addition to being directly named in 1 Chronicles 29:29-30 and 2 Chronicles 29:25, there are allusions to the Book of Gad the Seer in several places in the Bible. The Hebrew idiom “face to face” mentioned by Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:12 is in Gad 12:17. The term “New Jerusalem” used by Paul in Galatians 4:26 and by John in Revelation 21:2, was first used in a sermon by King David written in Gad 12:16. Psalm 144 is written in Gad 11 and Psalm 145 is found in Gad 10. David’s sin of counting the people recorded in 1 Chronicles 21 and 2 Samuel 24 is recorded in Gad 7. The war between Michael and Satan referenced in Revelation 12:7 and Daniel 12:1 is found in Gad 2:26. There are many other examples throughout the book.

The above excerpts were taken from the above referenced book and commentary by Ken Johnson.

Another book that is strictly historical in nature, The Antiquities of the Jews, by Flavius Josephus, is incredibly informative as to the first century perspective of the Old Testament.  It gives a great parallel view of the events of Creation, the Patriarchs, The Exodus and the Law, the kings through Herod history.  The interesting thing is that Josephus' chronology and history matches fairly well with the account of Jasher that we have available today.  This seems to be a strange coincidence until you read Josephus' accounts and realize that at the fall of Jerusalem, he was in the unusual position of being a personal friend of Titus, and was granted certain favors, like receiving pardons for several of his friends, and being allowed to collect any documents or books that survived the battle.  He records that he collected all of the sacred manuscripts to be found and these were the basis of his Histories.  His is also the only surviving eyewitness account of the fall of Jerusalem.

Even if one were to consider the above books to be nothing more than history books, there is still a vast amount of truth contained within them. Much of the information expressed in them directly puts to shame some of the dogma that has been force fed as truth because it has been handed down by "faithful" men.

Verifyveritas76
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Lost Books

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You also have some very interesting letters to the churches from the first century like the letters from Clement to the Corinthians.  These letters were in serious contention for inclusion at the Council of Nicea, but were rejected because of a mention of lands beyond the western sea.  Obviously a mistake, an thus an untrustable letter, maybe even borderline heresy because everyone knows that there are no lands beyond the western sea (in case you didn't get that, if you were located in Rome, or NIcea, the western sea would be the Atlantic).

Other interesting documents to be found in earlychristianwritings.com are the Epistle of Barnabas, the Epistula Apostlorum and the Didache.  Among many others including some incredible first through third century Christian Apologist.

Verifyveritas76
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For the record

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For the record, I do not endorse everything that is to be found in earlychristianwritings.com.  As with everything, try the spirits, Prove all things and hold fast to that which is good.  I also do not endorse the Gnostic writings.  I have studied it  to some degree and have rejected it based upon its origins in the first century.  It was espoused and promoted by at least Simon the Magi (Sorcerer) and the deacon Nicholas (the originator of the Nicolaitans).  The gnostic sources and teachings were resoundingly rejected by the first and second century Christians as well as John the Revelator as being the doctrines of Baalam, Nicolaitans and Jezebel.  

This statement is not meant to offend, simply to inform.  It is presented with all the kindness and grace I know how to offer.  If you find yourself disagreeing for whatever reason, that's ok.  I am simply presenting what I have found to be true to date.

 

Rock
Gnosis/Gnostic

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I enjoyed your comments, and no worries on offending.... only beliefs can be offended and affixing ourselves to a 'belief' certainly precludes any real possibility of going from belief to the experience of the truth. Beliefs are necessary to start...but they certainly are only a stepping stone..

I hadn't studied the connection of ancient 'Gnosis' to Post Christ, 'Gnosticism' for about 25 yrs ...so i thought i'd get a refresher using the all powerful 'google'. LOL.

i was surprised to find how little was easily available in regards to ancient Gnosis doing searches.

I have a few old books on the subject, but they are boxed up at this time, and perhaps I'll get them out later for referencing .

As far as John the Revelator and notable first century christians denouncing Gnosis/Gnosticism, you'd have to cite the references for me to follow those conclusions.

Gnosticsm was the outgrowth of the much earlier system of Gnosis. Gnosis dates back at least to 2000bc. 'Gnostic' was the term created for those of Gnosis during the period after Christ was born.

Of course, i have to concede that modern christians regard Gnostic doctrine to be heretical and perhaps even blasphemous.

But then again, nearly 1 BILLION Christians consider Mormonism as heretical and blasphemous. LOL Go figure!

Belief is not fact no matter how much to the contrary our egos fight for the proud position of being 'right'.

As far as Gnostic doctrine goes, I personally believe there is alot to be learned from it. Just as I consider Buddhism, Taoism, and Cabalism to be valuable sources of 'truth'.

There are very few things that I know for certain and one of them is that Christ lives and what he tried to convey while here is not being taught with any real clarity nor depth by any Church on this earth.

The fundamental difference between typical Christianity and Gnosticism is modern Christians operate on belief. Gnostics taught that belief is merely a stepping stone and the EXPERIENCE of the truth is what is necessary. The depth of that experience and frequency of that union with God becomes GNOSIS (knowing). Belief is not functional really unless it leads one to the union with God in THIS life. That is Gnosis.

The concept of attaining union with God in this life is offensive to most modern Christians. I am not referring to an answered prayer or the enjoyment of the spirit testifying certain truths. I am speaking of having the mind of Christ in THIS life. Right now. As Christ prayed for his disciples that they would be one with the father as Christ was.

ok...i'm off the soapbox :)