Lost texts of the Biblical era

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Some texts produced in Biblical times have not survived. They may have failed to come though the vicissitudes of chance, they may have gone missing like so-called "missing-link" fossils, yet to be discovered. Conspiracy-theory-wise, some book burnings may have successfully suppressed them.

Yet the Bible itself mentions and identifies certain texts which have (apparently) disappeared in the interim. Biblical divine inspiration and authority gives such works an especial potential importance. If any of them ever existed, turn up and receive the seal of approval of entry into the canon, we might expect some theological revisionismrefinement.

Such works include:

See also[edit]

  • Apocrypha — texts or statements whose authorship or historical accuracy is uncertain
  • Dead Sea Scrolls — Biblical-era texts discovered in 1940s and 50s


  1. Also called A Prior Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-06-23. https://web.archive.org/web/20060623175757/http://icwseminary.org/lostbooks.htm. Retrieved 2006-06-29.  or Paul's previous Corinthian letter.[1], possibly Third Epistle to the Corinthians
  2. "Apologetics Press – Are There Lost Books of the Bible?". apologeticspress.org. http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/42.