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Lost Scriptures: Books that Did Not Make It into the New Testament [Paperback]

By Bart D. Ehrman (Author)
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A companion volume to Ehrman's "Lost Christianities," this book offers an anthology of up-to-date and readable translations of many non-canonical writings from the first centuries after Christ--texts that have been for the most part lost or neglected for almost two millennia.

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While most people think that the twenty-seven books of the New Testament are the only sacred writings of the early Christians, this is not at all the case. A companion volume to Bart Ehrman's Lost Christianities, this book offers an anthology of up-to-date and readable translations of many non-canonical writings from the first centuries after Christ--texts that have been for the most part lost or neglected for almost two millennia.
Here is an array of remarkably varied writings from early Christian groups whose visions of Jesus differ dramatically from our contemporary understanding. Readers will find Gospels supposedly authored by the apostle Philip, James the brother of Jesus, Mary Magdalen, and others. There are Acts originally ascribed to John and to Thecla, Paul's female companion; there are Epistles allegedly written by Paul to the Roman philosopher Seneca. And there is an apocalypse by Simon Peter that offers a guided tour of the afterlife, both the glorious ecstasies of the saints and the horrendous torments of the damned, and an Epistle by Titus, a companion of Paul, which argues page after page against sexual love, even within marriage, on the grounds that physical intimacy leads to damnation.
In all, the anthology includes fifteen Gospels, five non-canonical Acts of the Apostles, thirteen Epistles, a number of Apocalypses and Secret Books, and several Canon lists. Ehrman has included a general introduction, plus brief introductions to each piece. This important anthology gives readers a vivid picture of the range of beliefs that battled each other in the first centuries of the Christian era.

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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages   342
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.18" Width: 6.12" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 15, 2005
Publisher   Oxford University Press
ISBN  0195182502  
ISBN13  9780195182507  

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More About Bart D. Ehrman

Bart D. Ehrman Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He came to UNC in 1988, after four years of teaching at Rutgers University. At UNC he has served as both the Director of Graduate Studies and the Chair of the Department of Religious Studies.

A graduate of Wheaton College (Illinois), Professor Ehrman received both his Masters of Divinity and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary, where his 1985 doctoral dissertation was awarded magna cum laude. Since then he has published extensively in the fields of New Testament and Early Christianity, having written or edited twenty-four books, numerous scholarly articles, and dozens of book reviews.

Among his most recent books are a Greek-English edition of the Apostolic Fathers for the Loeb Classical Library (Harvard University Press), an assessment of the newly discovered Gospel of Judas (Oxford University Press), and four New York Times Bestsellers: Jesus Interrupted (an account of scholarly views of the New Testament), God’s Problem (an assessment of the biblical views of suffering), Misquoting Jesus (an overview of the changes found in the surviving copies of the New Testament and of the scribes who produced them) and Forged (discusses why some books in the New Testament are deliberate forgeries). His books have been translated into twenty-seven languages.

Among his fields of scholarly expertise are the historical Jesus, the early Christian apocrypha, the apostolic fathers, and the manuscript tradition of the New Testament.

Professor Ehrman has served as President of the Southeast Region of the Society of Biblical literature, chair of the New Testament textual criticism section of the Society, book review editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature, and editor of the monograph series The New Testament in the Greek Fathers (Scholars Press). He currently serves as co-editor of the series New Testament Tools, Studies, and Documents (E. J. Brill), co-editor-in-chief for the journal Vigiliae Christianae, and on several other editorial boards for journals and monographs in the field.

Professor Ehrman lectures extensively throughout the country. Winner of numerous university awards and grants, he is the recipient of the 2009 J. W. Pope “Spirit of Inquiry” Teaching Award, the 1993 UNC Undergraduate Student Teaching Award, the 1994 Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement, and the Bowman and Gordon Gray Award for excellence in teaching.

Professor Ehrman has two children, a daughter, Kelly, and a son, Derek. He is married to Sarah Beckwith (Ph.D., King's College London), Marcello Lotti Professor of English at Duke University. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Bart D. Ehrman currently resides in Chapel Hill, in the state of North Carolina. Bart D. Ehrman has an academic affiliation as follows - Department of Religious Studies, The University of North Carolina, Cha.

Bart D. Ehrman has published or released items in the following series...
  1. New Testament in the Greek Fathers
  2. Studies & Documents (Paperback)

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Very Good to Know, but not totally revolutionary.  Feb 19, 2008
`Lost Scriptures' by leading biblical scholar and translator, Bart D. Ehrman, has a sensational and slightly misleading title for a relatively scholarly and `ordinary' book, as New Testament era scholarship goes. The misleading aspect of the title is that the ancient documents of which translations are presented herein are not `lost' and, with some important exceptions, have not been lost for quite some time, to those who study such things. Several of the documents here are from the Nag Hammadi cache of documents discovered in Egypt in the 1940s, most especially the `Gospel of Thomas'. Some other very early documents, such as the Didache, were recovered in the 1880s in a Turkish monastery library; however this and its companion documents were known well to the ancients, and were misplaced for a few centuries.
Some may be surprised to know that some of the documents herein have even been used as material in some famous popular novels and movies. One which comes to mind is `The Silver Chalice', starring Paul Newman in what may have been his very first (and quite forgettable) movie performance and Jack Palance as Simon Magus, a magician briefly mentioned in `The Acts of the Apostles', and the main character in `The Acts of Peter'.
Ehrman's greatest contribution with this book is to make these works easily available to a wide audience, and to have translated many of the works himself. In fact, a large number of these works are taken, with permission, directly from Ehrman's two volume translation of the `Apostolic Fathers' for the Loeb Classical Library. Since these two volumes cost over $40 and this paperback lists for less than $20, this is a real bargain, except that you don't get the original Greek text which, if you don't know Greek, doesn't do you much good anyway.
The subtitle, `Books that Did not Make It into the New Testament' gives the impression that somehow we are missing a lot of important stuff by this omission. The fact is that these works are really only interesting from an historical point of view, especially for our understanding of variant early Christian doctrines which, some may wish to have us believe, are `just as good' or `just as important' as the canonical works. My humble opinion is that most of the material in these works repeats, with less detail, doctrines in the canonical scriptures, and that concentration on the New Testament canon will cover much of the range of doctrines found in these works. It's just that some more extreme positions may be somewhat clearer in these works. For example, the Letter of Barnabas seems to reflect an extremely unfavorable take on Jewish piety and faithfulness to their God, suggesting that they rejected his covenant as far back as Moses return from Sinai. But, the interpretation there is not radically different than the opinions in Stephen's apology speech in Chapter 7 of `The Acts of the Apostles'.
If this book does anything, it will confirm that the canonical testaments really do give us a complete picture of all the very earliest writings, and the `winners' of the battles over orthodoxy in the first four centuries of the `common era' really did get it right.
Here's 37 books you won't find in your NT  Jun 28, 2007
The Greek Old Testament has a number of books not included in the Hebrew because Jews excluded them believing they were not divine. These books are referred to as Apocrypha and I have a Revised Standard Version (RSV) with these books. I've read them and its not hard to see why they were excluded but I was not aware the same thing happened in the New Testament. These books were excluded because the Catholic Church considered them not Christian. I was curious about what they may have said so I bought this book to find out and if you're like me I would definitely recommend it. Ehram notes in his General Introduction this book is just a reference for it contains the biblical books excluded from the New Testament in his book "Lost Christianities: The Battle For Scriptures And The Faiths We Never Knew" he goes into the history and the people that surrounded these non-canonical texts and what happened to them. I think this site allows you to buy both as a set I only bought this text because I was curious about what these texts said.

Ehram's book contains around 37 non-canonical scriptures and he includes an English translation of the texts where he can and some of these are his own work. A complete text is provided for: the gospel according to Thomas, Peter, Mary, Philip, and the gospel of the Saviour which is mostly untranslatable. He can't include the text for the books of the Gospel of Nazareans, Ebionites, Hebrews, Egyptians, and the Unknown gospel because its been lost but he compares and contrasts them with other books. I like how he doesn't judge the text he just tells us what they say and how they differ. The Secret Gospel of Mark is interesting because it seems to be additions to the standard gospel since there is two to three endings I was not surprised. There are many other books but you can see them all by using this site's "Search inside this book feature" although its for an older edition this book has the same books that are in that edition.

I was shocked and fascinated by this book. Its really exciting to be able to see what the first to second century Christians believed and how they perceived Christ. I thank Ephram for this book and in retrospect I am so glad I bought it. Out of all the books he includes in this volume I would have to say my favorite was the gospel according to Thomas I don't know why the Christian Church chose to exclude this book because I think it really should be in the Holy Bible. What I liked so much about Thomas' gospel is that it sort of summarizes the teachings of Jesus and I am disappointed now that I've read it that this text was left out of the Holy Bible.
Beyond Christ  May 17, 2007
Admittedly I am a conspiracy theorist by nature so given the depth of this book and the controversial (and somestimes contradictive) writings of these books I can understand the Vatican and Roman Catholic Churches reasoning for denying entry of some of these books into the King James Version of the Bible. However, I believe these books only help to DEEPEN my beliefs and BROADEN my understanding, NOT dis spell or deny them. As the good book says, "seek the truth and truth will find you."
Lost Scriptures: Books that Did Not Make It into the New Testament  May 16, 2007
It is a very interesting book. There's a reason many of these books aren't in the New Testament but other books are of great value
Good Book  Mar 29, 2007
If you have an interest in the scriptures and as I do in what we are not told this is a good starting point. I have not read the whole book from cover to cover but have picked my way through choosing what interested me. Spin is not a twenty-first century phenomena it would seem that it was very much part of the formation of the Bible as we know it today, this book gives you an insight and possibly an idea that the Christen religion could have been very different not to mention the world in which we live in today.

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