Fist question, is there anyone not aware that are books not in the Canon that were up for consideration but after various councils they were not included in the final Bible?
This works much like a movie, there are various scenes that are cut and sometimes entire characters are cut before the final movie is released.
Second question, these writings, like Thomas and Mary are they around? Can we read them? It seems like they are still there and we can still read them so why get hot and bothered over the fact they aren't in the Bible?
Asked by Anonymous at 3:27 PM on Jul. 2, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs
Answer by jennijune_21 at 3:35 PM on Jul. 2, 2009
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Answer by brandyj at 4:07 PM on Jul. 2, 2009
Well as a non-Christian I can't really say why in this particular case. However, as a historian I hate when incomplete information is printed, because I know that people will read it & get the wrong idea. As a result of selective inclusion, many people don't really understand certain important parts of history, for example WWII & the Age of Exploration. I find it very irritating when people are purposely misled because of ulterior motives, regardless of when the misleading information was released.
PS - it might be fourth century, for some reason I have 326 CE in mind as the date, but I do get things mixed up pretty regularly so that could be the date for something else.
Answer by nysa00 at 4:07 PM on Jul. 2, 2009
Answer by brandyj at 4:09 PM on Jul. 2, 2009
Answer by Freela at 4:46 PM on Jul. 2, 2009
Well there were a lot of ancient texts and not all of them are inspired. The Gnositcs gospels were never really considered inspired by the Early Church Fathers - they were pretty much condemend as heresy by them. However there were writings like the Letters of Clement, the Shepherd of Hermes, the Apocalypse of Peter the Didache (aka Teachings of the Apostles) that some thought should be included. There's a website "Early Christian Writings" that have them. A timeline of the NT Canon is here (from a Catholic website).
Answer by eringobrough at 6:02 PM on Jul. 2, 2009