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The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden – Wikipedia

The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden (1926) is a collection of 17th-century and 18th-century English translations of some Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and New Testament Apocrypha, some of which were assembled in the 1820s, and then republished with the current title in 1926.


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History of the translations

Rutherford Hayes Platt, in the preface to his 1963 reprint of The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden states:

“First issued in 1926, this is the most popular collection of apocryphal and pseudepigraphal literature ever published.”

The translations were first published, under this title, by an unknown editor in The Lost Books of the Bible Cleveland 1926, but the translations had previously been published many times. The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden is also published by A&B publishers group, with a black and white cover, and with black people as protagonists. This edition has an introduction to The Lost Books of the Bible by Dr. Frank Cane and is prefaced by R.H.P., Jr.(New York, January 1, 1926.) Also, at the front page of The Lost Book of the Bible, Dr. Talmage gives a commentary on this work.

The book is, essentially, a combined reprint of earlier works. The first half, Lost Books of the Bible, is an unimproved reprint of a book published by William Hone in 1820, titled The Apocryphal New Testament, itself a reprint of a translation of the Apostolic Fathers done in 1693 by William Wake, who later became the Archbishop of Canterbury, and a smattering of medieval embellishments on the New Testament, from a book published in 1736 by Jeremiah Jones (1693-1724). It must be conceded that, in the three centuries since these were originally published, a great deal more is known about the Apostolic Fathers (including a good deal of the original text that was not available in 1693) and New Testament apocrypha.


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The second half of the book, The Forgotten Books of Eden, includes a translation originally published in 1882 of the “First and Second Books of Adam and Eve”, translated first from ancient Ethiopic to German by Ernest Trumpp and then into English by Soloman Cesar Malan, and a number of items of Old Testament pseudepigrapha, such as reprinted in the second volume of R.H. Charles’s Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament (Oxford, 1913).

For more modern translations see the standard modern editions:

Reprint editions

Contents of The Lost Books of the Bible

{♦ = found in The Apostolic Fathers}

Contents of The Forgotten Books of Eden


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  1. Hi Zia.

    There’s a major difficulty with what you see on The History Channel. The producers of the programs are really non-believers and they are looking for any reason to downgrade YOUR view of the Bible.

    Online blogs on ‘religion and spirituality’ are heavily supported by people who happily identify themselves “atheists.” Their behavior and attitude are identical to those TV individuals.

    The Holy Scriptures are exactly that, Holy Scriptures, written by men, yes, but INSPIRED by God. (See 2 Timothy 3:16) The word “inspired” has the meaning of “God-breathed,” and there are several occasions in the Bible of writers reporting that they were being supported by God’s holy spirit.

    For example, take words written by King David. When Jesus quoted Psalm 110, he said that David had written it “by inspiration [literally, in spirit].” (Mt 22:43) The parallel passage in Mark 12:36 reads “by the holy spirit.”

    The prophet Daniel, at Daniel 12:8-10, wrote, 8 Now as for me, I heard, but I could not understand; so I said: “O my lord, what will be the outcome of these things?”
    9 Then he said: “Go, Daniel, because the words are to be kept secret and sealed up until the time of the end. 10 Many will cleanse themselves and whiten themselves and will be refined. And the wicked ones will act wickedly, and none of the wicked will understand; but those having insight will understand.”

    The context of words shows that Daniel was actually speaking of our time. Who could understand Daniel’s prophecy three hundred years ago?

    So, bottom line, the Bible is God’s Word for humans today, and because he is deeply concerned about it and its survival over the many centuries of time since it was written, everything in it is reliable. Nothing is missing. If God deemed that those books of the apocrypha and pseudepigrapha belonged in the Bible, He would know about it and would make absolutely sure that they were included. But, He did not so deem!

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