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The Lost Bible: Forgotten Scriptures Revealed - J.R. Porter

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Genre: Religion / Spirituality / Author: J.R. Porter / Edition: New edition / Paperback / 256 Pages / Book is published 2003-08-14 by Duncan Baird Publishers

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      24.08.2011 17:43
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      An interesting book containing information on the lost scriptures that were left out of the Bible

      When I was undertaking my A-Level Religious-Studies I became extremely interested in the controversy against the Bible. I had one religious-studies teacher who was an atheist and the other who was a devote Catholic so you can see the two extremes that I had teaching me. This led to a lot of debate in class because both teachers gave us very different but interesting angles to work with.

      I was introduced to the book of The Lost Bible by my atheist teacher. What was wonderful about her was that she would never tell you that your beliefs were incorrect but she would guide you to see that everything should not been seen through rose tinted glasses, specifically the Bible.

      I do not intend to spark any debate through this review but simply to alert people to a very interesting aspect to examining the Bible.

      The Lost Bible encompasses scriptures that have been forgotten and that were originally left out of the Old and New Testaments of the Jewish and Christian Bibles. If they had have been left in the Bible, the Bible would be promoting a very different angle to Jesus and others mentioned in the Bible.
      I like to think that I am a Christian but I do not practice my faith by going to church, however, I do believe that I behave in a Christian manner (helping people when I can etc) which I think is the important aspect to Christianity. This book did not make me doubt my faith, I just found it extremely interesting to read.


      The Lost Bible was written by J R Porter. The author to this book I feel is very significant because it is interesting to know whether he was a follower of the Bible or not. J R Porter was a Professor of Theology at the University of Exeter, therefore he must have had to teach in such a way as to teach both sides to debates which is very important. In addition to this J R Porter was a member of the General Synod of the Church of England for 20 years. This comprises of examining debates, issues and examining whether legislations should be approved. From this information I have assumed that he was at least at the times of holding these careers had a Church of England belief (which involves mainly Anglican beliefs for example, believing in the Christian teaching of the Bible). This book was written in 2001 and the assumption that I have made of J R Porter having believed and that he may still hold the Church of England beliefs puts my mind at rest when reading this book. I do not feel comfortable reading a book if I feel that somebody who is in an extremist position is trying to preach certain beliefs to me for example, an atheist telling me all the reasons I should not believe in the Christian teachings.


      The Lost Bible contains 12 chapters, 6 chapters within the "Lost" Hebrew Scriptures and 6 chapters within the "Lost" New Testament.

      I feel that this book gives a modern window into how religion should be examined including evidence that people have in the past dismissed when looking at religious issues regarding the Bible. My personal view is that the Bible should not have been put together editing out parts that made others for example, Jesus look bad. I feel that this makes the Bible biased towards such views like Christianity but does not allow people to make their minds up by hearing other such scriptures that have not been included. Some scriptures not included in the Bible have been lost completely but these are some of the scriptures that have been lost but found and have been translated and updated to allow understanding in our modern society.

      The book is made up of some beautiful artwork, timelines and pictures that allows the book to be read in an easy way. This book comes in a paperback or hardback version. The book is a very large book but the paperback version still has a protective front and back which is better than smaller paperback books. My book is in excellent condition despite being used a lot during my a-level studies.


      I will not attempt to explain each chapter in this book because I feel that that would be meaningless because it would take away from the book the significance of the examples used of lost scriptures. However, I will point out one specific example to make clear what this book is providing.

      My example is in Chapter 1 of the "Lost" New Testament. This involves the missing years of Jesus. As we know from the Bible Jesus is portrayed as a miracle child who has many different powers such as, healing the sick etc. But a specific story of 'The Infant Jesus' shows how Jesus' powers are incredibly dangerous as well as being miraculous as shown in the Bible. This makes Jesus seem like a completely different person to what the Bible portrays him to be. The story describes Jesus as 5 years old. Jesus walks through the village and a child runs into him, Jesus becomes enraged from this and Jesus causes the child to fall to the floor and die... What a change to the Jesus we all know from the Bible! When I read this one evening at the time of doing my religious studies A-Level it made me view the Bible in a completely different way. However, scriptures like this could not make me feel like ignoring the scriptures in the Bibles, it just makes me think twice as to what the Bible portrays. As the saying goes 'there are two sides to every story' and it would seem from this lost scripture that there are two sides to Jesus!

      So that was one example from this book. There are many other aspects to the Bible that these lost scriptures approach such as, whether Joseph actually had other children and whether the Bible tried to cover this up by explaining that these children were actually cousins of Jesus not Jesus' brothers and sisters. Additionally other early years of Jesus are explored and other kings and prophets such as, Judah is displayed in a different light (including sexual desire and greed) as opposed to the strong and courageous man as shown in the Bible. There are many contrasting scriptures revealed compared with the scriptures of the Bible. Other features to the lost scriptures include further details of Adam and Eve and a range of lost Gospels, Letters, Psalms, Songs, Testaments and Lost Writings of the Prophets.

      I must point out that this book does not only point out controversies to the Bible but it also shows interesting additions to the Bible. I do not want to portray this book as going against the Bible in every shape and form. I have explained such examples for the pure reason that I find these examples particularly interesting.


      This book is written in a very user friendly way, every lost scripture that is explained has its own introduction in bold which is a great aid in order to skim read particular parts. It also explains the scriptures in quite a simple way and also attaches a small snippet directly from the lost scriptures alongside pictures.
      At the end of this book is a glossary which includes only 18 words however, these are both complex words and words that if you are studying religion or have read parts of the Bible are likely to know what they mean for example, what Testament means as opposed to a more complex word such as, Septuagint (which I will not attempt to define in my own words).

      There is also an abbreviations page which just simply gives the full word for an abbreviation used in the text of the book and there is a bibliography. Lastly at the end of the book is an index and acknowledgements. I particularly found the index extremely useful when writing essays because I was allowed to include such evidence from the Lost Bible to argue for or against debates in my essays. So the index allowed quick reference to a particular issue I was examining.


      This book can be bought at most book retailers such as, WHSmiths, Waterstones or online at Amazon.

      In WHSmiths this book costs £11.89 for the paperback and on Amazon it can only be bought by sellers (not actually through Amazon) from £5.88 (brand new) and the hardback copy can be bought at £20.00 (brand new).


      Overall this is a very user friendly book. It is not the type of book you would read cover to cover, nor is it light reading. I would suggest this book to somebody who is particularly interested in the Bible and religion or to somebody who studies religion at A-Level or above. I have not read certain sections that did not interest me, but that is the beauty of this book that it does not matter whether you read only one section or all of it. The section that you do pick out to read will make sense to you because of its separate introduction and description. It is not a book that needs to be read in a specific order.


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