lost books of the bible

The Sunday school illusion of the oppressive meat-eating messiah and that “diet doesn’t matter” in Christianity dissipates into a puff of logic in light of the Ebionite texts and Aramaic Syriac Gospels. One may wonder what else got edited, altered or redacted from the western scriptures and lost books of the bible.

the-frustrated-muggleborn  asked:

For the not-out-yet pan anon. I’m a theology and religion studies student and I’m currently writing a paper on “a pro-homosexuality reading of the Old Testament; especially Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13”. Here are some things that I’ve learned along the way (I’m afraid that I won’t be able to say much about the New Testament only that JESUS DIDN’T SAY SHIT ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY). So here are a few things you could say to your mom about Christianity and homosexuality. (1/10)

@the-frustrated-muggleborn : 1. The sins of Sodom and Gomorra was INHOSPITALITY not homosexuality. The villagers were rude against someone’s guests, which was a really big no-no back in the day. Not one of the anti-homosexuality verses in the Bible refer to the story of Sodom and Gomorra, nor do any of the references to this story explain exactly what their crime was except that they were rude againts someone’s guests. (2/10)

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The Case for the Book of Enoch as Scripture

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The Case for the Book of Enoch, one of the Lost Books of the Bible. The Enoch scriptures are central to the tradition of mysticism (Jewish Kabbalah, Christian, Gnostic, and Sufi) preserving an understanding that there are several heavens, and the journey of the soul is to ascend through the seven heavens on the way back to God. The book of First Enoch was part of the Dead Sea Scrolls Bible – the Essene Library of Qumran in Israel. The Ethiopian Bible, even now in the modern world, still contains the books of Enoch (and several other surprising books once banned and thought to be forever lost), thus preserving the earlier tradition dating back to the time of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament which viewed Enoch to be an inspired sacred book: Spiritual Awakening Radio Podcast – Program Length: 60 Minutes.

yourdreamlandscape  asked:

Hello Father, I'm looking to take some classes at my Catholic college about Lost Scriptures and the formation of the Bible as we know it today. I was just wondering if would be wrong for me to read these "lost scriptures" and the "Gnostic gospels"? I'm sorry if you've already answered a similar question but I could not find anything that helped me. God bless!

Hello,

There are no “Lost Scriptures” or “Lost Books of the Bible.” These ancient texts were known to the early Church and studied, and firmly rejected as being without the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

So, these books were rejected by the Synod of Hippo:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synod_of_Hippo

It is more accurate to describe them as apocrypha or even “reject books” and were excluded from the Biblical canon. If you want to study them or read them, there is nothing wrong with that as a Catholic.

The Church simply forbids us from reading these books as if they are equal to anything found in the Bible. God bless and take care, Fr. Angel

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Their ways are guided by the Lord,
And the works of their hands are protected by the Lord their God.
And their souls shall not be disturbed by the sight of evil dreams:
When they cross rivers, and when the seas toss, they will not be dismayed.
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In the quietness of their hearts they praised the Name of their God;
And they entreated the Lord for all their household.
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Just noticed there will be a documentary on the Science Channel this evening called “Lost Gospels” – “Examining texts that have been excluded from the Bible in this documentary featuring visits to Egypt and the Smithsonian Institution.” No doubt this will be about the Nag Hammadi Library (Sayings of Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Mary Magdalene, etc….) and Gospel of Judas discoveries in Egypt.

Someone asked me about the Turkish manuscript with the Gospel of Barnabas material added to it, recently in the news.


I recall reading about it awhile back. A medieval forgery most likely. Am not impressed by it. The Turkish manuscript in the news article apparently is loosely based on Tatian’s Gospel Harmony (Diatessaron) combined with the Islamic Gospel of Barnabas added.


Tatian was a Gnostic from Syria. The *original* edition of Tatian’s Gospel Harmony would NOT have contained the part about Jesus not really being crucified, but it was a larger gospel, combining Matthew, Mark, Luke, John (including the crucifixion and resurrection accounts), and I read that it originally may have included material from other sources as well, like sayings of Jesus preserved in the Gospel of Thomas. THAT would have been a very interesting book to find!


The original edition of Tatian’s Gospel Harmony unfortunately remains lost — wish a copy of it would turn up somewhere, but there are at least translations of later altered or redacted versions of it in Arabic (translated into Arabic from a later Syriac version). Those show that at some point it was made to conform to the European canon of scripture, so the surviving editions of it only contains material from the four familiar gospels, and sayings attributed to Jesus from other sources were removed.


If some day the original, complete Tatian’s Gospel Harmony is unearthed, that would be one of the greatest discoveries of ancient writings ever. It’s mysteriously missing thanks to censors of the 4th Century editing various writings.. It’s another “disappeared” document like so many others representing the scriptures once used by various interesting denominations around during the early centuries of Christianity (Gospel of the Ebionites, Gospel of the Hebrews, Gospel of the Egyptians, and many more). A couple of vegetarian sayings of Jesus might have been in the original Syriac-Aramaic Tatian’s Gospel Harmony and some material from Thomas (sayings of Jesus preserved in the Gospel of Thomas). Some of those sayings have turned up elsewhere in other Syrian writings, quoted by church fathers, some Syriac-Aramaic manuscripts of the New Testament, and are quoted by some saints of Eastern Christianity.


The Image: Arabic Diatessaron, Translated by Abul Faraj Al Tayyeb from Syriac to Arabic, 11th century: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diatessaron


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