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

Rutherford H. Platt
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Oct. 1 2005 Biblical Apocrypha
First issued in 1926, this is the most popular collection of apocryphal and pseudepigriphal literature ever published. Here, in one place, are the infancy gospels, the letter of Jesus to Abgarus, the Gospel of Nicodemus, the Legends of Paul and Thecla, the Epistles of Clement and Barnabus, the Shepherd of Hermas, the Books of Adam and Eve, the Secrets of Enoch, the Psalms and Odes of Solomon, the many Testaments of the Patriarchs, and many more ancient books which were highly revered, but ultimately left out of the Bible.

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By zonaras
Format:Paperback
First of all, I took off a star for the very poor print quality of this book. It is poorly organized, hard to read, sometimes too small and crammed on the page. The type needs to be reset in a modern font and format to make it easier to read and comprehend the works in this volume.
As far as the actual content in this book goes, it is very good and useful. Most commentators and critics disparage and denigrate the "Pseudepigrahpa" because they were written at a much later time and by anomymous scribes who credited thier work to a hero or patriarch of the Bible, such as Enoch, Adam, Solomon, The Twelve Patriarchs, etc.

The editor makes a lot of excellent points in his INTRODUCTION to THE LOST BOOKS OF EDEN: "Writers sought to SHELTER THEMSELVES behind the names of the great dead. In this THEY WERE GUILTY OF NO FRAUD. They imagined what Solomon or Enoch would say upon a particular theme under given circumstances. It was NOT REALLY THEY THEMSELVES, but THIER Enoch, Solomon, or Enoch IN THEM, who uttered the new prophesies or temple praises... that body of literature, called by modern scholars 'PSEUDEPIGRAPHA' that is, writings erronously, un-historically, YET SINCERELY ascribed to heroic figures summed up from the vasty deep by a SELF-DENYING imagination, eager to ALTER MAN'S BELIEF OR CUSTOM, to interpret his hope or sorrow, WITHOUT PERSONAL GAIN OR FAME, and also, may one add, WITHOUT THE DETERRENT OF PERSECUTION OT ARREST FREE UTTERANCE!"
"NOW IT IS A FOOLISH MODERN PREDJUDICE AGAINST AN ANCIENT PIECE OF LITERATURE THAT ITS AUTHOR VEILED HIS PERSON IN THIS FASHION. The ONLY question is: Was the writing of INHERENT VALUE? DID IT EXERCISE INFLUENCE?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gaps Are Filled In July 8 2000
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Being raised Southern Baptist with a strong emphasis on the KJV of the Bible and later converting to Catholicism because my husband was Catholic and then spending many years working for a Jewish law firm, I was exposed to many different religious beliefs, customs, traditions and aspects. When I became older, I wanted to know "more". Just from a purely logical standpoint, there had to be a beginning, a middle and an "end"...yet there were too many gaps in the "history" depicted by the Bible. Yet I do believe in God and I am in Christian in that I believe in Jesus being the only son of God, but there were parts of the story missing. This book fills in all those gaps. It is beautifully written. It is easy to read. It is comprehensive. It is rational. It is direct. I do not dare to believe that one religion is the "perfect" religion and I think anyone in this modern day and time who does think that way has a lot to learn. This book fills in the gaps from where Adam and Eve left the garden, how their bodies transformed into their "animal" state, and explains many, many, many other details that make the bible really make SENSE to those of us who need that little boost of logic sometimes to help edge that faith on just a bit. It is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it to anyone who would like to fill in all those gaps and empty spots that are left by the beautifully written, yet very incomplete KJV of the bible. Even the Catholic version of the bible which has more books than the KJV does not do justice to these beautiful books that were left out. I am appalled that in the 21st Century these books are still not included. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blasphemous? May 30 2000
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Let's start with the orgin to the bible, it was compiled by the ROMAN emporer Constantine to save his crumbling empire.He gathered all the Gnosis scholars collected documents containing ANY story of Jesus and EDITED the image of Jesus into what we have today.Any mention of him being less than a perfect person was destroyed or hidden!God let this happen...why you ask? He moves mysterious ways.These books are well translated and easy to read,and least we forget that books of the Bible have been removed or added for centries and WHOLE revisions of the books in the bible are as common as a hundred years ago.This book claimes to be lost stories of a forgotten past,one twised to conform to what a DEAD DICTATOR wanted.If you want to see some rewrithing look at a KJV Gen 49:6 than a NIV there is a hell of a difference between the two passages!But the word of God can't be wrong,can it? nope but people are.People are imperfect bags of bones we mess up and when we mess it up we hide books like this one.We cover up what we don't like to keep dogma alive.These are excellent books well worth the read.These texts come from a purer source than anyone of the Gospels could ever hope to be.We now have the back storie,which completes the whole picture.Now wouldn't you think God would want that,after all he would make sure that salvation would be found anyway nessisary?This book follows up where HIDDEN books like the Enoch texts leaves out.Read these books and decide for yourself are these really BLASPHEMOUS? or just lost historie?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read!!!
The Lost Books of The Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden is a wonderful addition to include in your Biblical or historical studies. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Tanisha
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure Chest for the Insightful
This is a great book which gives readers who have an interest in history and Scripture a chance to enrich their knowledge of the past. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2002 by Charles J Caes
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Insightful
I'm in the beginning stages of reading this book, so I cannot comment on all of it just yet. I will say, however, that it has answered some of the questions that I've often had... Read more
Published on Dec 31 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice collection, but not anything you can't find elsewhere
The book contains a nice variety of works from early Christianity and to some extent the old testament era. Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2001 by Hal A. Kramer
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT for one who believes in the Bible
If the Bible is to you just a collection of stories then doubtless you'll find this interesting. But if you do believe in God and in Christ then you will find these texts horribly... Read more
Published on July 29 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
This book contains insight into the minds of the people of the early Christian church and earlier. Although not accepted as Scripture it serves to give you an idea of how people... Read more
Published on July 23 1998
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Documents; other texts have more detailed notes.
This text is a reprinting of two books (written in 1926 and 1927) containing "pseudepigrapha" -- books which some considered to be scripture in the past, but which were... Read more
Published on May 27 1998 by Steven Augart
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