Many years ago while searching the religious texts section of the library I came across a book called The lost books of the bible and the forgotten
books of Eden. Naturally, I was Intrigued, as I'd never heard of any lost books and actually(naively) thought the bible was the incorruptible word of
God and that there was never any doubt in my mind that the bible was everything ever written about God. I read a little and came to a story about
Adam being so distraught at having transgressed he jumps off a cliff and dies.
God looks down a sees this, revives Adam and Eve, who had done the same thing, and says
"Because you have borne fear and trembling in this land, langour and walking and suffering treading and walking about, going upon this mountain,
and dying from it, I will take all this upon Myself in order to save thee."
That was all the time I had so I put it away and left. But in my young Christian mind I had just heard the first thing that made the
crucifixion, God dying for us. I never thought much about until I was staying somewhere a few years later and there was a bookshelf and I saw the
same book. Once more intrigued I read a little more about Jesus as a youth, you may have heard this on the history channel lately, but Jesus is kind
of a brat which makes sense, even as an adult he would be rude to his mother. But they are good reads. Another one that is good is the acts of Paul
and Thecla. Paul is going around turning women celibate, preaching it as essential and women who were already betrothed were listening and because an
unmarried woman of certain age was free and not her husband or fathers property, it caught on with quite a few women. This gets Paul no friends, save
a young virgin named Thecla who insists on following him. Very reluctantly he agrees.
Thecla goes through some Daniel type situations, one were a lioness licks her feet and protects her from the Males who were supposed to Maul her
in a public Roman execution.
A powerful woman is so astonished she pardons Thecla(whose offense was breaking a marital agreement) who asks Paul to baptize her. Paul turns her
down even though it is clear God is with Thecla. Unfazed, Thecla baptizes herself and God sends a sign that he approves. I baptized myself after a
"pastor" turned me down so this story hit home for me. I was excited when I saw it on HC and even had my sister read it. HC said that there were
many early women Christian orders dedicated to Thecla in the early days.
Whatever your thoughts on canon are, I'm not disputing the current Bible we have. So many people are reading the findings of Nag Hammadi and
Qumran and enjoy them. But this book, which I have, is not as well known, but most of it was widely read in the early Messianic church.
The books is both old testament Apocrypha and New Testament Apocrypha, I will list the contents and a place you can read them online.
Lost books of the bible
rotevangelion or Gospel of the birth of Mary
2: I Infancy and II Infancy Gospels
3:Christ and Abgarus
4:The Apostles Creed
aul and Seneca
aul and Thecla
8: I Clement and II Clement
10: Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians
13:Ignatius to the Romans
16:Ignatius to Polycarp
olycarp to the Philippians
18:I. II and III. Hermas
20:Herod and Pilate
21:The last Gospel of Peter
The forgotten books of Eden
1: First and Second books of Adam and Eve
2:The secrets of Enoch
salms, Odes, of Solomon
4:Letter of Aristeas
6:The story of Ahika
7-19: Testament of each of the 12 patriarchs
This is available at sacredtexts.com as is pretty much everything spiritual in the public domain. I do this to make people aware, discuss it with
anyone interested and as someone who considers more than just the Christian bible as scripture and spiritually beneficial and doesn't get too
concerned about whether or not it is history or mythology. I just enjoy the sacred texts genre of books so don't get mad if you only accept the
bible, I'm fine with that, and am not saying they should(or shouldn't) include these in the bible. Just saying they are worth reading. They still
print them, the one I have is a brand new paperback and it looks awesome. I still read it online because I don't want to crease the spine. God bless
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