The Bible as a book, includes smaller books. The Bible is a collection of Books or Inspired accounts of either eye-witness stories or stories passed down to the next generation.
The Old Testament contains 39 Books, including the Torah, or Pentateuch written by Moses and Joshua, the Major Prophets and Minor Prophets written by themselves. When the 12 tribes were split into 10 and 2, each group had their Major Prophet and Minor Prophets recounting events and activities. Job is the oldest written book at 2500 B.C.
Solomon, the wisest man wrote Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon. David, a man after G-d’s own heart, wrote the Psalms.
The New Testament contains 27 Books. Included in these Books is the 4 Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Matthew and John were two of the Disciples of Jesus and Mark and Luke were coat tails of Peter and Paul respectively. Eye Witness accounts, Portraying Jesus as a King(Matthew), a Servant(Mark), a Man(Luke), a G-d(John). The accounts crossover and fill in some and add to some. Then Luke writes another book Acts. From there Paul is inspired to write Letters to different sets of groups, towns and peoples. These are not referred to as Books, but as Letters.
Letters to the people of: Rome, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Philipi, Colossae, Thessalonica, and possibly was the author of the book to those of the descendants of Eber(Hebrews). He also wrote letters to Individuals: Timothy, Titus, Philemon. Following that, James has a Book, Peter has his two, John has 4 more Books with 1J, 2J, 3J and Revelation. Jude written by Judas, James’ brother, not Iscariot.
There are other Books in the Catholic Bible. Known as the Apocrypha, the books are not contained in versions such as King James, New American Standard Version, NASB, New International Version, NIV, and other Protestant Versions of the Bible. When you look at different Bibles, you will notice that they all say ‘Version’, King James Version, NASB Version, NIV the V stands for Version. What are they the Version of?
Version means more ‘Translation’ than different in Books.
There is the Latin Vulgate from 382 A.D. This became the Catholic Bible in the 1600s. It was written by St. Jerome. Translated Hebrew into Latin
There is the Greek Septuagint. Translated Hebrew into Greek.
There is also the Name Sake of this Site. The TextusReceptus or Received Text. Who knew texting would be such a big deal all those years ago. Many of these versions used the TextusReceptus as the foundation to translate Greek into English. Including William Tyndale, King James, and Martin Luther’s German Translation.
The term ‘Lost’ is somewhat different than ‘Not Included’ or ‘We already have enough that say that account or tell that story’ or something similar. Some of the people we wish wrote accounts did not write, but passed down stories. Is there a book of Mary, Mary Magdeline? How About Jesus, did he write a book?
Socrates did not write, but Plato was on his coat tails. Then Aristotle on the Coat tails of Plato.
The Book of Jashar, is the same but more detailed account of Genesis thru Joshua. This Book is noted in 2 Samuel and Joshua. “is it not written in the Book of Jashar?” The detail of events accounted for which we know about from the Pentateuch are very vivid and descriptive. The Book of Enoch is very insightful as well as the Book of Jubilees. You will not waste your time reading Enoch, Jubilees, and Jashar. Even those these three might be called Extra Biblical they are fascinating.
Also noted in the Bible are the Book of Wars, The Book of Gad, The Book of Nathan, The Book of Ahijah, The Book of Iddo(Jedu), The Book of Shamaiah the Prophet, The Book of Jehu the Seer. Each of these books are noted in the Bible and are not included. The point was made and those at the Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. made the decision that these particular books did not belong for whatever reason. The message which Constantine and the 300 Bishops decided needed to be told was portrayed in the books chosen. Constantine felt he was called to provide unity and after converting to Christianity he brought about the final formation about Christian ideas and ideals and how they were to be formatted.
One could say Constantine was not inspired and the 300 Bishops were not inspired. However, here is a point to ponder. The message is in there. The ones who are called will find what they need. In the alternative, here is a way to keep secret the OBVIOUS.
More to come…