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Originally posted by aware
The History channel (.com) is airing a show on this very subject tonight. I have no information on the subject but i could probably give you a summary of the show tomorrow!
Originally posted by ShiftTrio
Two part Question here.
1) Can someone tell me the Books they took out of the bible.
2)Now the Conspiracy part.. If some books are to be believed, then how can other books be taken out and not. An who made these decisions, Was this Political or Religious.
Also People who know these Outlawed books, Which ones do you deem Truthful.
Thanks for you time
What is the Apocrypha?
The term "apocrypha" was coined by the fifth-century biblical scholar St. Jerome and refers to the biblical books included as part of the Septuagint (the Greek version of the Old Testament), but not included in the Hebrew Bible.
Several works ranging from the fourth century B.C.E. to New Testament times are considered apocryphal--including Judith, the Wisdom of Solomon, Tobit, Sirach (or Ecclesiasticus), Baruch, First and Second Maccabees, the two Books of Esdras, various additions to the Book of Esther (10:4-10), the Book of Daniel (3:24-90;13;14), and the Prayer of Manasseh.
The apocrypha have been variously included and omitted from bibles over the course of the centuries. Protestant churches generally exclude the apocrypha (though the King James version of 1611 included them). The Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches include all of the apocrypha (except for the books of Esdras and the Prayer of Manasseh), but refer to them as "deuterocanonical" books. In this context, the term "apocrypha" generally refers to writings entirely outside of the biblical canon and not considered inspired (such as the Gospel of Thomas). These same books are referred to by Protestants as the "pseudoepigrapha."
Originally posted by Esoterica
I don't know about Barnabus, but the Gospel of Thomas has been dated to at least 100 years after Christ's death (As in that was when it was written, not necessarily when it was compiled into one book like Paul's Letters). So I doubt it would be the most accurate
Originally posted by Illmatic67
If they are not outlawed or banned, then why won't a new line of Bibles be released with all the books that are not in today's Bible?
Some people would be surprised to learn that all of the older English Bibles, including the King James Version, contained the apocryphal writings. I have a reprint of the 1611 edition of the King James Version which includes the Apocrypha. Not only that, but the cross references employed in the 1611 also reference the Apocrypha along with Scripture. In 1629 the apocryphal books were first omitted from some editions of the King James Version, and in 1827 were excluded altogether. I do, however, own an 1873 family Bible (KJV) that contains the Apocrypha between the testaments. Why did King James include them in his version? The Church of England (1562) had said of the apocryphal books, The Church doth read them for example of life and instruction of manners, it doth not apply them to establish any doctrine. They were included because they were deemed valuable.