MISSING

                  The missing books of the Bible are those documents that are mentioned in the Bible in such a way that it is evident they were considered authentic and valuable but that are not found in the Bible today. Sometimes called lost books, they consist of at least the following: The Book of the Wars of the Lord (Num. 21:14); Book of Jasher (Josh. 10:132 Sam. 1:18); The Acts of Solomon (1 Kings. 11:41); The Book of Samuel the Seer (1 Chr. 29:29); The Book of Gad the Seer (1 Chr. 29:29); The Book of Nathan the Prophet (1 Chr. 29:292 Chr. 9:29); The Prophecy of Ahijah (2 Chr. 9:29); The Visions of Iddo the Seer (2 Chr. 9:2912:1513:22); The Book of Shemaiah (2 Chr. 12:15); The Book of Jehu (2 Chr. 20:34); Sayings of the Seers (2 Chr. 33:19); The Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians, earlier than our present 1 Corinthians (1 Cor. 5:9); possibly an earlier epistle to the Ephesians (Eph. 3:3); The Epistle of Paul to the Laodiceans (Col. 4:16); and some prophecies of Enoch known to Jude (Jude 1:14). 

 

DISCOVERED:

              150  The Shepherd of Hermas,  considered a valuable book by many Christians, and considered canonical scripture by some of the early Church fathers such as Irenaeus. The Shepherd was very popular amongst Christians in the 2nd and 3rd centuries. It was bound as part of the New Testament in the Codex Sinaiticus, and it was listed between the Acts of the Apostles and the Acts of Paul in the list of the Codex Claromontanus. 

               340  The Epistle of Jesus Christ a reply to a letter written to him by King Abgarus of Edessa . Known to Eusebius and available ever since.

          350 The Acts of Pilate, (also known as the Gospel of Nicodemus)  Epiphanius refers to an Acta Pilati (c. 376), but a later Greek text shows evidence of later editing.

            350 Epistles of Paul and Seneca.  Generally thought to be a fraud.

            546  Paul’s Epistle to the Laodacians, Oldest known copy of this epistle is in the Fulda manuscript written for Victor of Capua in 546. It is mentioned by various writers from then onwards.

1552 Book of Jasher; a Hebrew edition printed in  as Sepir Ha Yasher. Is a Hebrew midrash also known as the Toledot Adam and Dibre ha-Yamim be-'Aruk. Translated into English by Moses Samuel (1840), 

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           1628 Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians Clement was Bishop of Rome, from 88 to his death in 99 . The oldest document to contain the Epistle of Clement was included with an ancient Greek Bible given by the Patriarch Cyril of Jerusalem to KingCharles I of England.

           1873  Epistle of Barnabas  Barnabas was a companion of Paul. Though known of since the fourth century.  The complete Greek manuscript was discovered by Philotheos Bryennios at Constantinople .

          1945 The Nag Hammadi Library,  a collection of Gnostic texts discovered near the Upper Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi. Twelve leather-bound papyrus codices buried in a sealed jar were found by a local farmer named Muhammed al-Samman. The writings in these codices comprised fifty-two mostly Gnostic treatises, but they also include three works belonging to the Corpus Hermeticum and a partial translation/alteration of Plato's Republic. The early Christian(?) texts included are:

The Prayer of the Apostle Paul, The Secret Book of James, The Gospel of Truth, The Epistle to Rheginos, The Apocryphon of John, The Gospel of Thomas, The Gospel of Philip, The Exegesis on the Soul, The Epistle of the Contender, The Secret Book of John, The Gospel of the Egyptians, The Sophia of Jesus Christ, The Apocalypse of Paul,  The Apocalypse of Adam

The Acts of Peter and the Twelve, The Thunder: Perfect Mind, Authoritative Teaching, The Paraphrase of Shem, Gnostic Apocalypse of Peter, The Teachings of Silvanus, The Three Steles of Seth, The Letter of Peter to Philip, Melchizedek, The Thoughts of Norea, The Testimony of Truth, Marsanes, The Interpretation of Knowledge, A Valentinian Exposition               on the Anointing, Baptism and the Eucharist, Allogenes, Hypsiphrone, The Sentences of Sextus, The Gospel of Truth,  and  Trimorphic Protennoia

 

          1946—1956  The Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of some 981 different texts discovered in eleven caves in the immediate vicinity of the Hellenistic-period Jewish settlement at Khirbet Qumran in the eastern Judaean Desert..  The scrolls date from the last three centuries BC through to the first century AD and contain parts of all of the books of the Old Testament except Esther and four of the 15 books of the Apocrypha. In addition to one or more copies of these books, the Dead Sea Scrolls also contained:

The Community Rules, Commentary on Habakkuk, The War Scroll, Thanksgiving Hymns, The Genesis Apocryphon, The Testament of Levi, Commentary on Micah, Commentary on Zephaniah, Commentary on Psalms, The Words of Moses, The Book of Giants—a commentary on Genesis, Apocryphal Prophecy, Instruction, Mysteries, Rule of the Congregation, Rule of Blessings, Liturgy of the Three Tongues of Fire, New Jerusalem, Festival Prayers,  Thanksgiving Prayers, Composition of Hymns, The Wisdom of Sirach, Apocryphon of Moses,  Apocryphon of David,  Juridical Text, Commentary on Isaiah, Testament of Judah, Hymn of Praise, Angel of Peace, The Copper Scroll, The Vision of Samuel, Apocryphon of Joshua, The Temple Scroll, Allegory of the Vine, The Damascus Document, The Great Psalm Scroll, Sefer ha-Milmah and Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice,

1958  The Gospel of James, a papyrus dating to the third or early 4th century, is kept in the Bodmer Library,Geneva. Some suggest the original may have  been written as early as 145 AD

            1973  Secret Gospel of Mark  Morton Smith, a professor of ancient history at Columbia University, found a previously unknown letter of Clement of Alexandria in themonastery of Mar Saba on the West Bank transcribed into the endpapers of a 17th-century printed edition of the works of Ignatius of Antioch.

          2011   Jordan Lead Codices  a collection of Christian writings on lead and copper plates allegedly found in a cave in Jordan  Possibly dating from the first century