The Lost Books of the Bible

Book Descriptions
A Partial List
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The Book Of The Secrets of Enoch
(Also referred to as "Slavonic Enoch" or "2 Enoch")
The Book of The Secrets of Enoch was found in Russia and Servia and has been preserved only in Slavonic. It was written sometime at the beginning of the Christian Era. It was edited by a Greek and was written in Egypt. The Book of the Secrets of Enoch had a great influence on the writers of the New Testament. It explains and verifies some of the darker and more mysterious passages of the New Testament. The Book of the Secrets of Enoch was widely used by Christians in the early centuries. There are a multitude of supernatural and paranormal events recorded in The Book of the Secrets of Enoch.

The Acts Of Paul and Thecla
The Acts of Paul and Thecla were reputed to have been a forgery and Pope Gelasius, in his decree against Apocryphal books, had them removed from Canon. Never the less, The Acts of Paul and Thecla were considered genuine by the early Christians. 4th century historians such as Eusebius, Austin and Gregory, to name a few, mention Thecla. In about 590 CE, Euagrius Scholasticus, an ecclesiastical historian, records that the Emperor Zeno had a vision of Thecla, who promised him the restoration of his empire. Emperor Zeno’s empire was restored and he built a beautiful temple in honor of Thecla in Seleucia, Isauria. Grabe, the editor of the Septuagint, considered The Acts of Paul and Thecla as having been written during the Apostolic Age. He believed them to be authentic and genuine history. The Acts of Paul and Thecla were translated from a Greek manuscript that can be found in the Bodleian Library at Oxford. There are some remarkable paranormal events recorded in The Acts of Paul and Thecla. These events are as follows.

The First Gospel Of The Infancy Of Jesus Christ
In 1697, Henry Sike, Professor of Oriental Languages at Cambridge, first translated the First Gospel of the Infancy of Jesus Christ. The writer of this gospel is supposed to have been Thomas. The First Gospel of the Infancy of Jesus Christ was read in many churches along with the other four gospels. In 1599, the Synod at Angamala, in the mountains of Malabar, condemned the gospel. It has been thought that Mahomet used The First Gospel of the Infancy of Jesus Christ to compile the Koran. Several of the supernatural incidents recorded in the gospel are collaborated by Persian legends. The First Gospel of the Infancy of Jesus Christ abounds with paranormal and superhuman events performed by the young Jesus Christ.

The Gospel Of Nicodemus
(Formerly Called The Acts Of Pontius Pilate)
The Gospel of Nicodemus is supposed by some to have been written by Nicodemus, a disciple of Jesus Christ. It is also noted that Eusebius, in his Ecclesiastical history, claims that the Acts of Pontius Pilate were forged by pagans. But, the evidence in this Gospel proves that it was not the forgery of unbelievers. The Gospel of Nicodemus was in use among Christians and churches at the end of the third century. It was considered Canonical until it's removal by various edicts and councils of the early church. Below are verses from The Gospel of Nicodemus with comparative verses taken from the Bible we use today. There is much evidence of supernatural phenomena presented in The Gospel, backed up by Biblical evidence.

The History of Bel and The Dragon
The History of Bel and The Dragon was cut from the book of Daniel by various edicts and councils of the Church. Below are some amazing excerpts telling of a great dragon beast, teleportation and divine protection.

The Lost Gospel According To Peter
A parchment codex was found in 1886 by the French Archaeological Mission while they were excavating the grave of a monk in the upper Nile Valley. This codex was discovered to be a portion of the Gospel According to Peter. For many years the codex was withheld from the public, but now it is available for all to view online. The Lost Gospel According to Peter gives another view of the supernatural events surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Prayer of Azarias
The Prayer of Azarias has been cut from the Bible. But, the Vulgate, the Greek translation of Daniel (Septuagint and Theodotion) and other ancient and modern translations include the Prayer of Azarias. In these versions, it is inserted in the 3rd Chapter of Daniel between the 23rd and 24th verses. The Prayer of Azarias is a prayer by Azarias while he was standing in the fiery furnace with his two friends, Ananias and Misael. The supernatural happenings while Azarias and his companions were in the furnace are recorded below.

The Prophecy of Baruch
Baruch was a disciple of Jeremiah and the writer of The Prophecy of Baruch. After Nebuchadnezzar plundered the temple of Jerusalem, Baruch wrote down the dictation Of Jeremiah foretelling the return of the Babylonians. Baruch was with Jeremiah during the last siege of Jerusalem. Throughout all his trials and tribulations, Baruch remained true to his God, Yahweh.

The Shepherd of Hermas
Hermas was the brother of Pius, Bishop of Rome. The books he has written are called The Shepherd of Hermas because the principal being, an angel, appears to Hermas as a Shepherd. The Shepherd of Hermas was considered divinely inspired by Irenaeus. Eusebius, Jerome and Athanasius all confirm that the early church leaders read it for direction and confirmation of the faith. Although Pope Gelasius I (A.D. 492-496) ranked it among the apocryphal books, it is found attached to some of the most ancient manuscripts of the New Testament. Archbishop Wake believed The Shepherd of Hermas to be the genuine work of an Apostolic Father. The ancient manuscript is located in the Lambeth Library. The visions in The Shepherd of Hermas were given to Hermas as a guide on how to live a godly, faithful Christian life. It is also given as a warning to the so-called church leaders (See Similitude 9:218-220) and to those who are less than honest and forthright in their dealings with others. The many supernatural aspects of The Shepherd of Hermas are listed below.

Thomas’ Gospel Of The Infancy Of Jesus Christ
Written by Thomas and thought to have been originally connected with the Gospel of Mary, Thomas’ Gospel of the Infancy of Jesus Christ is an account of the miracles and supernatural actions that occurred during the infancy of Jesus Christ. The Greek original can be found in the notes of Cotelerius and is located in the French King’s Library, No. 2279. An account of the miracles and supernatural phenomena recorded in Thomas’ Gospel of the Infancy of Jesus Christ are listed below.

The Testaments Of The Twelve Patriarchs
The Testaments of The Twelve Patriarchs are biographies written between 107 and 137 BC. They are said to have been written by a Pharisee. The life story of each of the Patriarchs is told in vivid detail; the good and the bad are related with brutal frankness. These writings had great influence on the New Testament writers. The Sermon on The Mount uses phrases from these testaments. Paul, too, borrowed from The Testaments of The Twelve Patriarchs. The Testaments of The Twelve Patriarchs are considered a valuable resource as some of the actual source books of the Bible. There are many instances of paranormal and supernatural occurrences in The Testaments of The Twelve Patriarchs.

The Book of Tobit
The early church leaders consider the Book of Tobit a canonical book of the Old Testament. The original text was thought to have been written in Hebrew. But, there are also three Greek versions, an Aramaic version and a Syriac version. Fragments of the book were found in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Because of its place in the Septuagint, it is know that the Jews accepted The Book of Tobit as deuterocanonical. The Hebrew version can be found as a Midrashim of the Pentateuch. The Protestants rejected The Book of Tobit as non-canonical and had it removed from The Bible. The writers of the Book of Tobit are considered to be Tobit himself and his son, Tobias. It was likely written ruing the Babylonian exile in the early 7th century BC.There are many anomalous events that take place and are recorded by Tobit in his narrative.

The Psalms of Solomon
The Psalms of Solomon are a collection of 18 war songs written by an ancient Semitic writer. The original manuscript can no longer be found, but some Greek translations have been preserved. A Syriac version was also found and was translated and published in English in 1909 by Dr. Rendel Harris. The Psalms of Solomon were written approximately at the middle of the First Century BC. This is verified by comparing the themes of the Psalms to the actions of Pompey in Palestine and his death in Egypt. These war songs were widely circulated and held a prominent position in the early church. They are often referred to in different codices and histories of the early centuries of this Common Era. The Psalms of Solomon are an eyewitness account of ancient history. They tell the story of a great nation in the greatest crisis of their existence as a people.

The Odes of Solomon
The Odes of Solomon are one of the great literary mysteries. Their origin and date of writing are unknown. They are some of the most beautiful songs of joy and peace the world has ever known. They can be found in one ancient Syriac document. It appears to be a translation from the early Greek. They were considered non-canonical by early edits and synods. Serious debate goes on about The Odes of Solomon. Some believe them to be songs written by newly baptized Christians, penned in the First Century. J. Rendel Harris, MA, Honorable Fellow of Claire College, Cambridge translated the Odes of Solomon. The Odes are renowned for their highly spiritual messages and their classic, unique beauty.

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