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This page deals with religious writings which are not a part of the canonized Bible. It is directed to those who know little or nothing about these writings, known as Pseudepigrapha.
There are different attitudes in regard to these writings. At one end of the scale are those Christians who believe in the inerrant, complete, God-inspired Scriptures of the Old and New Testament. Everything else is considered to be spurious. Then come those who accept the two Testaments as authoritative and complete, but who see many of these writings as useful in studying the religious beliefs of past ages, especially at the time of the early Christian Church. At the other extreme are those who question the authenticity of the canonized Scriptures, noting various inconsistencies and errors, but not necessarily accepting these other writings as being authentical Scripture.
I am presenting a listing of the various writings, having taken the information here from the books themselves. I leave my readers to decide their value. Although I do not necessarily espouse any of them, I dislike prejudicial remarks and writings which I have witnessed about numerous of them.
Some of these books contain several writings while others contain only one writing. Thus, there will be overlapping of writings. Nearly all have been translated from another language. Sometimes, the foreign text has been included.
The correct classification into Old Testament and New Testament has been uncertain in a few cases. Rightly or wrongly, I generally have included in the Old Testament section those writings whose titles name Old Testament characters. Some scholars in the area of Pseudepigrapha may not agree with such. The listing under "Other" is complete only as far as I had access to such writings.
A few of these books are from my own book collection. Two are from the personal library of a friend, Randy Travis. The majority of the books I reviewed in Tyndale House Library, in Cambridge, U.K. I am appreciative of having been able to see the books which are not in my own library. I particularly thank Dr. David Instone Brewer, of Tyndale House, for his support while I was researching in the library there.