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The Lost Bible: Forgotten Scriptures Revealed Hardcover – September 1, 2001
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"This is a splendid book, excellently organised and beautifully illustrated" Church Times, 2001 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Highly accessible and superbly illustrated, this book presents an astonishing range of powerful and beautiful writings, rich in character, incident, spiritual profundity and literary merit. In the centuries around the beginning of the Common Era, the Jewish people drew spiritual inspiration from hundreds of sacred stories, not just those that make up the Hebrew Bible we know today. Early Christianity also possessed a wealth of writings considered authoritative; many of these did not become part of the New Testament, although they remained popular among believers and were important in spreading the faith. After the Jewish and Christian canons were established, many of these works disappeared into obscurity, some of them suppressed by prominent figures within the burgeoning Christian Church. Some writings were entirely lost, while others survived in translations; some were widely known, while others circulated only among small groups and sects. But many continued to animate and influence the faithful, and provided a rich source of popular legends and traditions. With deft and profound scholarship, the late Professor Roy Porter presents the general reader with a selection of these extraordinary and beautiful works, assessing their context, character and importance. More than 100 text extracts are presented and discussed, ranging from what are claimed to be the very words written by Eve herself to a treasury of legends that include the strange miracles and violent outbursts of the boy Jesus. Each entry consists of an introduction and an enlightening commentary, alongside the translated extract in clear, up-to-date language. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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My mistake. It's more than I want and I lost interest as I got drowned in detail. I reiterate, it's an excellent publication but make sure it's what you want. I am donating my copy to my church and am back to hunting down a publication of books that did not make it to the Bible along with simple explanations in modern day English. In other words, something similar to the Parallel Bible.