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The Apocrypha of the Bible: The History of the Ancient Apocryphal Texts Left Out of the Old Testament and New Testament

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures
*Includes excerpts
*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading
*Includes a table of contents

The study of the apocryphal gospels, documents about the life or sayings of Jesus that did not become part of the New Testament, is a popular discipline among scholars that now fills several shelves of any respectable library. Despite the growing secularization of society, there seems to be an appetite for the historical figure of Jesus. However, fewer readers consider the question of whether the Old Testament, also known as the Hebrew Bible, is “complete,” and whether in antiquity there were other books besides Genesis, the Exodus or Judges, with different histories and unknown characters, that were excluded from the canon and got lost in the sands of time. Most readers assume that the great saga of Israel, beginning with the pastoral stories of the patriarchs, the epic of the Exodus, and the conquest of the Promised Land, until the court of King David, is a compact, complete and unique story. In its current form, it seems to start from the beginning, and as such it was accepted by all in antiquity, but did someone in ancient Israel write other renditions?

Recent archaeological and textual discoveries have revealed that literary production among the people of Israel before the life of Jesus was much more extensive and varied than previously supposed. The earliest Christian and Jewish exegetes were aware of some texts whose status was imprecise. Did the books of Tobit, Maccabees and Judith belong to Israel’s sacred scriptures or not? What happened to certain books that are mentioned in the Bible but have not been found, such as stories about the court of King David, the Annals of Solomon, a Book of Jasher, and prominently the Book of Wars of the Lord?

Between 50 and 90 CE, the various writings that comprise the New Testament were written, including the Four Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Epistles of Paul, and other letters to more general communities of the early Church. But what is recognized as the 26 books of the New Testament today, in literally hundreds of English translations, actually took several more centuries to be determined as “canonical” by the Church. In fact, it was not until a synod in Rome in 382 that the Church in the West formally adopted a list of the canonical books of the New Testament.

Even today, not every branch of the Christian church agrees on which writings should be regarded as “canonical” and which are “apocryphal”, even though some apocryphal texts often have noticeable links with books regarded as “canonical”. Regardless, the New Testament Apocrypha refers to texts written by early Christians that were not included in the Bible used by the main branches of Christianity today. These texts vary in subject matter, with some being accounts of Jesus, others being about the nature of God, and still others being accounts and teachings of Jesus’ apostles. What makes them fascinating is not just the history behind why they are considered non-canonical, but what they tell us about the early Church and early Christianity. Moreover, they offer insight into what sources were used to write them, and whether they shared the same sources as the texts that comprise the Bible today. Given their historical and religious importance, there is still a fierce debate over the authenticity of many of these texts.

The Apocrypha of the Bible: The History of the Ancient Apocryphal Texts Left Out of the Old Testament and New Testament looks at the history of the books excluded from the Bible, the characters and events told by the books, and the discoveries that have influenced Biblical studies in the last few centuries. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the apocrypha of the Bible like never before.



The Humber Monster (Mike Covell Investigates Book 7)

by Mike Covell

Read how the story of the Humber Monster went from a little-known case in the 1920’s and 1930’s to a worldwide phenomena, resulting in Mike being tasked with collecting, collating, and investigating cases from the era up to the present day.

Hear about investigations along the shores of the Humber Estuary, and along the Yorkshire Coast, and read accounts of eyewitnesses.

Packed with photographs, newspaper clippings and more.



Marbury v Madison: Justice or Politics: John Marshall’s political assault on the rule of law

by Marc Garrett

John Marshall is today the most revered of our Supreme Court justices, but a closer look at his iconic Marbury v Madison reveals Marshall just as political as any man of his day if not more so, and that history has been kind to his legacy. (disclaimer: This is not a book, but rather an essay investigating the reasoning used by Marshall in Marbury, and exposing his biases and flaws that have been almost completely extinguished by history.)



The Division: Defending Little Rock: August 25th-September 10th, 1863

by Timothy Burford

IN THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER, in the midst of civil war, a broken band of black-sheep Rebels were all that stood between Little Rock and Northern occupation. Cut off from the Confederacy and splintered by inner conflict, these citizen-soldiers faced down an impending horde of first-rate Federal cavalry – in a long-forgotten but pivotal campaign that helped forge the evolution of a nation. THE DIVISION is the captivating and timely true story of a defining moment in American history, with documentary and archaeological evidence providing historical accuracy often measured in yards and minutes, while battle maps provide an overview to the action. The work includes a detailed analysis of cavalry, infantry and artillery tactics as well as the over-all strategy employed in the unique terrain of the Trans-Mississippi West. Espionage and spies, special operations and unconventional guerrilla warfare efforts by both sides, as well as by some “in the middle,” are explored. THE DIVISION delivers a highly detailed and moving narrative of the sixteen days leading to the capture of Little Rock, Arkansas, by Federal forces in 1863, reconstructed from original hand-written battlefield reports, letters, biographies and memoirs, and heavily supported by archival data supplied through hundreds of footnotes. THE DIVISION also contains an in-depth look at weapons and weaponry including cannon, rifles, muskets, shotguns, handguns, swords, as well as engineering and fortification techniques utilized during the Little Rock Campaign. From the brutality of war and the ravages of disease to the dearth of proper medicines and the horrors of combat surgery in the mid-19th Century, the disparate experiences of soldiers from the two armies and civilians alike are displayed in haunting imagery. THE DIVISION is steeped in anecdotal glimpses of everyday life in Civil War Arkansas, including foods, fashions, liquor, sex and society, while providing a stark and honest – and at times humorous – look at the period. The perspectives of contemporary onlookers and participants on the subjects of slavery, abolition, secession, State’s Rights, the Emancipation and Reconstruction in Arkansas and Missouri – as well as the Old South as a whole – are presented. From heroes and heroines to bandits and traitors to preachers and prostitutes, these are the voices of those who stood behind the battle flags, and why they did so.THE DIVISION provides a fresh historical adventure for history hounds, Civil War buffs and arm-chair generals alike on the unsung battlefields of Brownsville, Reed’s Bridge (present day Jacksonville), Shallow Ford, Ashley’s Mill and Fourche Bayou, with many side-raids and covert operations exposed. The causes and consequences of conflict between Confederate Generals Lucius Marsh Walker and John Sappington Marmaduke – and the resulting duel that would decide not only their own fates but the fate of their commands, the state and the Confederacy itself – are explored, with many details revealed for the first time in history. A RIVETING TALE of travails and triumphs that has been too long forgotten, THE DIVISION is a story whose time has come. Winner of the 2000 S. A. Cunningham Literary Award for Arkansas Civil War Military History (Sons of the Confederacy).Keynote Speakers, Civil War Round Table, MacArthur Military Museum (formerly the Little Rock Arsenal), Little Rock, Arkansas, 1999.By the authors of HEARTLAND: The History of Little Rock Air Force Base.
Timothy W. Burford, B.A. Military History, American Military University.
Stephanie Gail Burford, MSW, University of Nevada Las Vegas.



CREATOR SUPREME: Bible Authenticated Origins

by Graham Cumming

Whether our world began four-and-a-half billion years ago or less than seven thousand makes a significant impact on all decision making! There is no need to switch off your brain to believe in Creation. It’s a perfectly viable alternative to Darwin’s theory, if we do not exclude supernatural factors from the investigation. Evolution is full of anomalies, attempting to guess how life could spring up without intelligent, super-human booting. Allow God into the scenario and everything starts to make sense. We can appreciate the authenticity and beauty of a Divine Creator, who breathed life into his handiwork! God perfectly timed Creation, the Flood, the Chosen People and the birth of his Human Son. Many of our deep questions about the origin of life, our mortality and our personal destiny are answered here. We trace through scriptural records to reveal when many significant events took place, including when the Universe came into existence.



Alchemy: An Hidden History of Science

by Julbiharahamed K

Why the ancient peoples hated the alchemy, But now a days we use alchemy for everyday use.
Why are you comparing an alchemist to a wizard?
Why was he a secret to the implementation of this alchemy, while Newton was the head of the Royal Society? What are the alchemists doing? Who are they?
Alchemy is a valuable metal that can be converted into a precious gold metal. It has many intentions, including Immortal.
The alchemy that we have until the latter’s side of science puts us into a number of questions. This book is a small answer.
The first part of this book examines the references to the alchemy of history.



Boer War Victoria Crosses

by James W Bancroft

With information drawn from official documents this extensively researched book provides biographical tributes and accounts of the deeds of a selection of men who were awarded the Victoria Cross for action during the Boer War of 1899-1902. With a summary of the conflict, a chronological roll of all 78 Boer War VCs and a useful bibliography for further reading.



American Heroes: That History Forgot

by Charles Ray

American history as taught in most of our public schools, and popular media representations of our history, often omit or minimize the roles played by women and people of color. In this short volume, the reader is introduced to people whose contributions were significant, and should be remembered and honored.



ESPA�A, LA NOVELA: (El Imperio donde no se ponía el sol) (Spanish Edition)

by Javier Cosnava

Una forma amena de aprender la historia de España:hacerlo a través de una novela que narra los avatares de una misma familia a lo largo de las generaciones.

Conocerás a Isabel la Católica, a otras grandes mujeres de la historia como la visigoda Gala Placidia, o al emperador Carlos y al verdadero rey Pelayo; vivirás la batalla de las Navas de Tolosa y pasearás por la Mezquita de Córdoba. Historia, arte, batallas, vidas anónimas y vidas de reyes, todo eso y mucho más te encontrarás en este volumen.

Con atención especial a qué significa la palabra España y qué significó para los que nos precedieron.

En estos tiempos turbulentos donde todos nos interrogamos sobre nuestro futuro, es el momento de comprender el pasado por medio de� España, la novela



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