Many people may not know it, but there is something like 170 books about Early Christianity and most mention Jesus Christ that have not been included in the testimony of this supremely enlightened man of God.
170 potential gospels! That’s incredible!
Why weren’t they included?
Well… that is a difficult question to answer and will lead to just more confusion, disagreement, political and spiritual strife.
So instead, I am just going to give you a list of them here, where you can find them, AND in multiple translations too!
In later blogs I will include some interpretations of these gospels through the lens of eastern mysticism.
For now, let’s talk about what I have included in this blog post. First I will show the contents of the Nag Hammadi Library, as these were a part of some of the most recent discoveries of early Christian writings. Then I will show at least 10 other books, codices, and gospels that were not included in the original New Testament.
The Nag Hammadhi Library
The first set of 22 major gospels listed are from the Nag Hammadhi Library. They are listed by a “codex” or “codices”. A codex is the original form a book took on before printing presses were invented. The codex actually started to replace scrolls between the 1st and 3rd century A.D. This is probably why the Gnostic Gospels found at in the Nag Hammadi Library were still in good shape.
So… each of one these gospels were found in “codex” or a particular book. Each gospel in the codex can be considered like an individual chapter in a book that you would get from a bookstore.
I will say this… not all of these gospels or “chapters” of each codex directly talk about Jesus Christ. Some are related to the creation stories of Gnosticism and their practices. Some of the included texts are by Greek philosophers that directly contributed to concepts used in early Christianity.
The gospels that are listed below come from the site: Gnosis.org and more specifically you can click on this link to check out the various Translations. I will connect each gospel that has direct and significant relation to the story of Jesus Christ to where it is located on the Gnosis.org website. Here is a link showing where the list is located: http://www.gnosis.org/naghamm/nhlalpha.html
NOT Underlined – very little or no references to Jesus the Christ
LINKED – some significant reference
LINKED & BOLDED – more significant reference
LINKED & BOLDED* (with ASTERISK) – Most significant reference
- Codex I (The Jung Codex)
- Codex II
- Codex III
- Codex IV
- Codex V
- Eugnostos the Blessed
- The Apocalypse (Revelation) of Paul
- The (First) Apocalypse (Revelation) of James
- The (Second) Apocalypse (Revelation) of James
- The Apocalypse (Revelation) of Adam
- Codex VI
- The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles
- The Thunder, Perfect Mind
- Authoritative Teaching
- The Concept of Our Great Power
- Plato, Republic 588A-589B
- The Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth
- The Prayer of Thanksgiving
- Asclepius 21-29
- Codex VII
- Codex VIII
- The Letter of Peter to Philip
- Codex IX
- Codex X
- Codex XI
- Codex XII
- The Sentences of Sextus
- The Gospel of Truth*
- Fragments (no translations were provided)
- Codex XIII
- Trimorphic Protennoia – Three Forms of First Thought
- On the Origin of the World
Other Important Books
- Gospel of Mary
- Gospel of Judas
- The Epistle of Barnabas
- Infancy Gospel of James
- Shepherd of Hermas
- 1 Clement
- Third Letter to the Corinthians (included in the Acts of Paul)
- Q Gospel
The links included above are from a website called: earlychristianwritings.com. This is also another good resources and includes many summaries that aren’t included at Gnosis.org.
Also if you happen to be running Safari (like I am), then some of the websites may not show up properly. It will be best to use Google Chrome in these cases.
If you really want to go crazy and see all books, treatises, and documents that were a part of early Christian thought, but were not included in the Christian bible we see today – by chronological order – then here is that link as well: http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/index.html
Literally, in total, there are over 200 of these documents, but only 30 of them were included in the New Testament… hmmmm…
Well… that is how history played out. I don’t think, however, that any document received on the testimony of Jesus Christ invalidates his position as a prophet and enlightened Son of God. But some think he is the ONLY BEGOTTEN Son of God vs. being “a” Son of God. These phrases make a difference and shouldn’t just be taken at face value. Again… most people take it on faith. This isn’t a bad way to go, but to believe blindly without investigation, especially when new information is presented, isn’t necessarily a good thing either…
Some famous historical questions include:
- What if Jesus was really “physically” born to Mother Mary and not by immaculate conception?
- What if Mary Magdalene was really his wife?
- What is Jesus really did have a child with Mary?
- What if Jesus already knew what Judas was going to do and told him to do it?
- What if the early church try to hide important information on the nature and teachings of Jesus Christ?
- What if Jesus’s role was to simply show us how to improve ourselves, so that we may become Sons and Daughters of God?
I know, I know… these questions are a stretch! They definitely challenge the status quo and ultimately some will feel offended at my words. I DON’T BLAME YOU. In fact, I love you all the same! It is what sets us apart that makes us stronger.
Realize this, even if all the above were true… Jesus would still be there to save us from ourselves. That was his role and will always be.
Thanks for reading,
~ Dr. Derek