BANNED FROM THE BIBLE: THE STORIES THAT WERE DELETED FROM BIBLICAL HISTORY

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Part 1 —

When Jesus was a boy, did he kill another child? Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute — or an apostle? Did Cain commit incest? Will there be an apocalypse or is this God’s trick to scare us? The answers to these questions aren’t found in the Bible as we know it, but they exist in scriptures banned when powerful leaders deemed them unacceptable for reasons both political and religious. Banned From The Bible reveals some of these alternative tales and examines why they were “too hot for Christianity.”

The Life of Adam and Eve, The Book of Enoch, The Book of Jubilees, The Infancy Gospel of Thomas, The Gospel of Mary, The Apocalypse of Peter ... these are just a few of the books that were left out of the Bible. The reasons why they were excluded provide astonishing insight into the concerns of church leaders and scholars responsible for spreading the faith — an illuminating look at early Christian and religious history.

One hundred and fifty years after the birth of Jesus, a man named Marcion decided that a Christian Bible was needed to replace the Hebrew Bible. Church leaders opposed Marcion’s banning of the Hebrew books, but they did agree that Christians should have a Bible to call their own. After Constantine the Great converted to Christianity in the 4th century, a serious effort was made to compile a Christian Bible, one that included both the Hebrew scriptures (the Old Testament) and Christian manuscripts (the New Testament). It took another 40 years before a final list of New Testament books was officially canonized by the church. Many of the most popular were excluded. Upon examination today, many of these writings attempt to resolve inconsistencies and questions raised from reading the Bible.

Banned From The Bible examines the stories in some of these books, how they were rediscovered and what they might mean to us today.




Part 2 —

Travel back to the blistering sands of the Holy Land, into the onion-domed chapels of Eastern Orthodox churches and onto the pages of the Koran. Unearth the trail of chapters that were left out of the ultimate version of the Scriptures.

Included in the Koran is The Life of Adam and Eve, a detailed account of the creation story written before Jesus was born. The incestuous account of The Book of Jubilees was included in the Orthodox Old Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Book of Enoch, an ancient bestseller, relates the story of the man said in Genesis to have walked with God and been assumed directly into heaven.

This fascinating collection offers a fresh perspective on the figures at the foundation of faith.

As the Banned From The Bible documentary continues in this fascinating series, still more of these revealing sections omitted from the Bible are brought to light. With the guidance of renowned scholars such as Kenneth Hanson, author of The Lost Gospels and Rabbi David Copeland, discover the Testament of Solomon, the legend of Lilith, the story of Aseneth, the complete saga of Daniel and gain insight into the Apocrypha, the so-called “hidden writings.”




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