LOST BOOKS OF THE BIBLE?
By Dr. Paul Richardson
Full Gospel of Christ Fellowship
- Why are they missing?
- When were they lost?
- Who left them out?
- Was it an accident or on purpose?
- Did the Jews deliberately leave them out?
- What could they tell us about Jesus?
- Do they still exist?
- Where are they now?
- What if they were found or dug up in Israel someplace - tomorrow?
- Now I realize that this may seem controversial to some, but we should always face facts, not just ignore them.
- Why would Jude quote from a book that was not authentic?
- I happen to own one of them, THE BOOK OF JASHER, which reveals the identity of Melchizedek - that he was Shem, the son of Noah. But there is also a false book of Jasher that dishonors Moses and the Lord.
Here is a list of fourteen Books of God mentioned in the Bible, but not contained in our canon; or in other words obviously lost books of the Bible.
- Joshua 10:13
- And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is it not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.
- 2 Samuel 1:18
- Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.
- THE BOOK OF THE ACTS OF SOLOMON
- 1 Kings 11:41
- And the rest of the acts of Solomon, and all that he did, and his wisdom, are they not written in the acts of Solomon?
- THE BOOK OF NATHAN THE PROPHET (x2)
- THE BOOK OF GAD THE SEER
- 1 Chronicles 29:29
- Now the acts of David the king, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Samuel the seer, and in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the book of Gad the seer.
- THE BOOK OF SHEMAIAH THE PROPHET
- THE VISIONS OF IDDO THE SEER (x3)
- 2 Chronicles 12:15
- Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not written in the book of Shemaiah the prophet, and of Iddo the seer concerning genealogies? And there wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually.
- 2 Chronicles 13:22
- And the rest of the acts of Abijah, and his ways, and his sayings, are written in the story of the prophet Iddo.
- 2 Chronicles 9:29
- Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not written in the book of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and the visions of Iddo the seer against Jeroboam the son of Nebat?
- 2 Chronicles 20:34
- Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Jehu the son of Hanani, who is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel.
- THE SAYINGS OF THE SEERS (ACTS AND PRAYER OF MANASSEH)
- 2 Chronicles 33:18, 19
- Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh, and his prayer unto his God, and the words of the seers that spake to him in the name of the Lord God of Israel, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel. His prayer also, and how God was entreated of him, and all his sins, and his trespass, and the places wherein he built upon high places, and set up groves and graven images, before he was humbled: behold, they are written among the sayings of the seers.
- A PRIOR EPISTLE OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS
- 1 Corinthians 5:9
- I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators.
- THE EPISTLE OF PAUL TO THE LAODICEANS
- Colossians 4:16
- And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.
- THE EPISTLE OF JOHN TO THE CHURCH RULED BY DIOTREPHES
- 3 John 1:9
- I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
- THE BOOK OF THE PROPHECIES OF ENOCH
- Jude 1:14
- And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints.
All that is in the Bible is the Word of God!
The Bible may not be all of God's Words, but the entire Bible is God's Word. In other words it contains the Word of God, but not everything God ever said or caused to be written.
Most Christians just assume that the Bible contains all of God's Word. Why? The Bible does not say that it contains all of God's Word. The assumption is just based on tradition.
Well maybe it is time to face the fact that the New Testament writers had access to Books of Scriptures that we do not have today, which leads to the realization that our Bible is not as complete as it could be.
To take the position that God may have not wanted some of Paul's epistles to be included in the New Testament is next to asking if God wanted any of Paul's epistles to be in the New Testament.
But Paul wanted all his letters to be read in every church. Colossians 4:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:27; 2 Thessalonians 2:15.
Paul and other apostles expected the local churches to swap all of the epistles that they wrote between them.
Also how many times have you run across the phrase in the New Testament "As it is written..." or the likes, and then using an exhaustive concordance or computer you cannot find the quoted reference.
It is just not in the Old Testament. For example Matthew 2:23 says, "And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene."
It seems that there was more than one prophet that prophesied that Jesus would be called a Nazarene, but we just don't have it in our Bible.
This Scripture may be in one of the lost books or maybe we just don't understand Matthew's application of the word "Nazarene"?
Well there is enough material in our Bible to prove the basic tenants of Christianity - man is a sinner - God loves us - Christ came to save us - live holy - etc.
God would probably have to act supernaturally for most church folks to accept any additional books.
But personally I really wish I had these missing books. I would love to read them, wouldn't you?