The Lost Apocrypha of the Old Testament

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Book Tree, 2006 - Religion - 124 pages
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Collected and Translated by Montague Rhodes James. There are many ancient, lost books relating to the Bible and this work covers the ones that are most hard to find, dating between 100 BCE and 100 CE. In many cases we do not have the full works, but have various sections and fragments. The author, Montague James, used quotations found mostly in the works of the Greek Ante-Nicene Fathers like Origen, Hippolytus and Clement of Alexandria to piece together what we are missing. He also uses important lists compiled from Greek, Latin and other languages in order to reveal what we know of other missing books that would, in some cases, otherwise be unheard of. This important piece of scholarship should be part of anyone's library who is seriously researching lost and ancient texts.
 

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A huge disappointment. The paucity of material was surprising. And it wasn't very interesting. Oh, well. What should I have expected from "lost" material? Read full review

Contents

THE FRAGMENTS
1
SETH
9
HAM PROPHECY OF HAM
15
JOSEPH THE PRAYER OF JOSEPH
21
JANNES AND MAMBRES THE PENITENCE
31
ELD AD AND MEDAD
38
CLEMENT OF ROME
87
PROPHECY OF HYSTASPES
93
THE LOST TRIBES
103
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M. R. James was born in Goodnestone, Kent, England on August 1, 1862. He was an English mediaeval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905-1918) and of Eton College (1918-1936). He is best remembered for his ghost stories which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature. He began writing his ghost stories as an entertainment for his friends; he would read these stories each year at Christmas to his colleagues at King's College. The earliest of these tales include Canon Alberic's Scrap-book and Lost Hearts, both of which were later collected in his first anthology of supernatural fiction, Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1904). Perhaps his single greatest story is the profoundly disturbing Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad (1904). He died on June 12, 1936.

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