Lost Bible: Reference Classics

Overview

The Lost Bible is a collection of texts from the sacred writings that were not incorporated into the canons of the Jewish and Christian Bibles. Highly accessible and beautifully illustrated, it presents a selection of works that are rich in character, incident, and spiritual depth. For centuries most of these often profound and beautiful texts have remained unknown outside a small circle of scholars.

Around the beginning of the Common Era, the Jewish people drew inspiration from...

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Overview

The Lost Bible is a collection of texts from the sacred writings that were not incorporated into the canons of the Jewish and Christian Bibles. Highly accessible and beautifully illustrated, it presents a selection of works that are rich in character, incident, and spiritual depth. For centuries most of these often profound and beautiful texts have remained unknown outside a small circle of scholars.

Around the beginning of the Common Era, the Jewish people drew inspiration from many more holy writings than those that make up the Hebrew Bible we know today. Despite their exclusion from the canon, many of these stories remained a rich source of popular legends and traditions.

These powerful works were also important to the founder of the Church—including the writers of the New Testament. Early Christianity itself produced a treasury of literature that helped to spread the faith, despite having been omitted from the Christian canon. The Lost Bible includes extracts from many of these writings alongside works of mystic power produced by the Gnostics and others but condemned by the Church Fathers as heretical.

With deft scholarship, the late Professor J. R. Porter presents the general reader with an anthology of extraordinary ancient books, assessing their context, character, and importance. For each work in the selection an enlightening commentary is accompanied by a translated extract in clear and up-to-date language. Among the beautiful color illustrations are many works of art directly inspired by the stories found in these largely forgotten texts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435141698
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 4/30/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

The late J. R. Porter was Professor Emeritus of Theology at the University of Exeter and a former Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford. He served for twenty years as a member of the General Synod of the Church of England and he contributed to many works of reference, including The Harper Bible Dictionary and The Oxford Companion to the Bible.

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