The Lost Books of the Bible Editor: William Hone
Features: 32 illustrations
Rediscovered in modern times, these non-canonical gospels, epistles, and other pieces were excised from the standard Bible by various church councils in the first four centuries of the Christian era. Here, among other texts, are writings describing the girlhood and betrothal of Mary and her life before Christ's birth; the childhood of Jesus, as described by Peter and Nicodemus; and the appearance of Christ before the gates of Hell, from whence he leads Adam and the saints to Paradise.
Translated from the original languages, with 32 illustrations from ancient paintings and missals, The Lost Books of the Bible, helps give depth to the historical characters of Jesus, Mary, the apostles, and other figures of the New Testament. Presented without argument or commentary, these apocryphal texts are fascinating, often provocative, reading.
An essential resource for the study of biblical history and theology, this authentic presentation of the lost Scriptures can be enjoyed for its beauty and directness, while also adding to one's understanding of life in Judea during the first century A.D.
Unabridged Dover (2006) republication of The Lost Books of the Bible, Being All the Gospels, Epistles, and Other Pieces Now Extant Attributed in the First Four Centuries to Jesus Christ, His Apostles and Their Companions, originally published by Alpha House, Inc., New York, 1926.
William Hone (1780-1842), was an English writer, satirist, and bookseller. His victorious court battle against government censorship in 1817 marked a turning point in the fight for British press freedom. His brilliant self-defence and acquittal for parodying parts of the Book of Common Prayer made him the most famous man in England at the time.
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