Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden
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Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden [Paperback]

Rutherford H. Platt
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June 1968 0529033852 978-0529033857
Though apocryphal in nature, these books--suppressed by the Church Fathers--are fascinating and beautifully written. Here you can read for yourself many of the manuscripts which were excluded from the Canon of Scripture, and discover new appreciation for those which were chosen.

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  • Paperback: 269 pages
  • Publisher: World Pub (June 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0529033852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0529033857
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another View of History, or What Might Have Been April 11, 2006
A good variety and 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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brethren, you should not be ignorant . June 7, 2007
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Human nature dictates that anything new or different to us we tend to reject or fear it.

As a Jesus believing jew, I am well aware that were more biblical writings and books out there. In Judaism,we have the Talmud, Mishnah, Midrash, etc. After doing some research, I come to realize that in the beginning, there were three bibles. The Hebrew Text, The Greek Text, and the Vulgate. Well, Over the centuries a lot of the material that comprises these works have been lost due to time, and church, and governmental politics.

When approaching a modern-day Christian with this book, they would immediately reject it, and possibly go on the defensive. But, once realized that for centuries the church has withheld the information, or if it did not come out of Rome it is heresy. Oh well.

It was bad enough when the Roman Church kept many of this works hidden. But add the Protestant Reformation which did more harm and rejected some of the already accepted books of the bible. Well, that explains why we are so ignorant in the Church.

This book should be a must read for all Christians. The established denominations will not like it, but, if it is all of the inspired word of God that can help me get to heaven, and live a godly life here on earth, then I will read and listen to what God puts in front of me to absorb.

Not what man or the church says.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Here is a list of what is included in this book June 24, 2009
The following is a listing of writings included in this book from the Index. Many times the index left out "Testament" in front of the titles, etc. I just copied them exactly as seen in the two indexes.

From the segment "Lost Books of the BIBLE"

Mary hath chapters (The Gospel of the Birth of Mary)
I. Infancy
II. Infancy
Christ and Abgarus
The Apostles' Creed
Paul and Seneca
Paul and Thecla
I. Clement
II. Clement

(Letters of Ignatius)

(Book of Hermas split into 3 parts)
I. Hermas
II. Hermas
III. Hermas

Letters of Herod and Pilate
The Lost Gospel according to Peter

Index titled "The Forgotten Books of Eden"

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
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The Lost Books of the Bible is a very interesting book, albeit one which uses very outdated translations and is far from being complete. If you are intrigued by the Da Vinci Code or Gnosticism and want to know more about those books that were not picked for the Bible, this book would not be a bad place to start if the translations were not so antiquated. There are many newer books with more up-to-date translations of these "lost books" that are more useful today, such as The Nag Hammadi Library in English by James Robinson, which contains a different selection of works but gives a better overview of the Gnostic Gospels. The original translations in this book date from approximately a century ago, long before the discoveries of the Dead Sea Scrolls and at Nag Hammadi, so do not expect to find any of that stuff in here.

The Lost Books of the Bible contains some very interesting books, particularly the very unorthodox Gospel of Thomas, which portrays Jesus as somewhat of a nasty boy growing up. Still, I found some of the books more readable than others, with the Books of Eden being a chore to get through due to the translation. My bottom line is that there are better books than The Lost Books of the Bible for those interested in Gnosticism and its related works.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... far it lines up with the Bible and is easy to read
so far it lines up with the Bible and is easy to read. It does give some more insight as to what happened to the people of the Bible which is helpful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lost but not forgotten
All the books King James exiled...Very interesting reading. From Adam and Eve's life, to the fallen angels from Noah, to Christ's childhood, and death...
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5.0 out of 5 stars GET LOST IN THE PAGES
Fascinating documents; missed history; flavor from other writers; you decide what is relevant.....not a must book; but one you won't regret buying
Published 15 months ago by T. Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful edition to spiritual library
this book is so beautiful, including protovangelon of Mary & Enoch's time in heaven....also the missing story of Adam & Eve after leaving Garden. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Books of the Bible
Bought the books for my sister to give to one of her friends. Great reading for my sister and for her friend.
Published 19 months ago by Ruth Sanchez
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I've thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It has been an eye opener. I wished that more would read this awesome book!
Published on March 15, 2013 by Fisher, Cherie
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good stuff to know to help on this road that we travel. that's it folks have a nice day, week and year
Published on January 28, 2013 by B. Owens
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