The National Geographic Society declared the finding of a long-lost gospel called the Gospel of Judas a few years ago. On the Friday before Easter, the Society aired a television special detailing the discovery and exploring its importance. People especially Christians were left with a lot of questions as a result of this finding.
“Why do certain Bibles contain books that are not found in the Bible? Why were certain writings left out of the Bible? How many volumes were taken out of the Bible?”
What do Christians believe about the bible?
Many Christians think the Bible is their god’s “full, literal, and inerrant” message. However, most of them are unaware that the Bible excludes many of the texts that ancient Jews and Christians considered to be scripture.
How many volumes from the bible were eliminated?
The Bible has been translated from Latin to English since 1611. Back then, the Bible had a total of 80 books, including the last 14 books, which are now omitted, which made up the Old Testament’s conclusion and were as follows:
- 1 Esdras
- 2 Esdras
- The rest of Esther
- The Wisdom of Solomon
- Baruch with the epistle Jeremiah
- The Songs of the 3 Holy children
- The history of Susana
- bel and the dragon
- The prayer for Manasses
- 1 Maccabees
- 2 Maccabees
These books were referred to as “Apocrypha” in the authorized King James version.
Why were some writings omitted from the Bible?
These texts were excluded from the canon for a variety of reasons. The passages may have been unknown to a small number of individuals, or they may have been omitted because:
- Their content does not match well with those of the other Bible books.
- They were written later.
- The Confession offered the basis for the exemption: ’The books commonly called Apocrypha, not being of divine inspiration, are no part of the canon of the Scripture, and no authority in the church of God, nor to be any otherwise approved, or made use of, than other human writings’ (1.3).
- They didn’t encourage their Protestant doctrines, e.g., two Maccabees support prayer to the deceased. The 7-deuterocanonical books are Tobit, Judith, Wisdom, Sirach (Ecclesiasticus), Baruch, and 1 and 2 Maccabees.
The Apocrypha are religious literature found in various Catholic Bible translations. The term is derived from Ancient Greek. Apocrypha refers to individuals who have been kept hidden
What’s the distinction between the Bible and the Gospel?
The gospels are contained in the Bible, which is the sacred book of Christians. The Gospels are thought to be Jesus’ message.
Which Bible version comes closest to authentic writing?
Because of its precise depiction of the source texts, the New American Standard Bible is well suited for study.
Who was the first person to write the Bible?
For thousands of years, the prophet Moses was thought to be the sole writer of the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible.
What is the origin of Christianity?
Christianity began with the ministry of Jesus, a Jewish teacher and healer who prophesied the coming of God’s kingdom and was crucified in Jerusalem, the Roman province of Judea, around AD 30–33.
What is the most widely read book on the planet?
The Bible is the most widely read book on the planet.