former Retired.teacher, Publisher
Edited next day: what I wrote yesterday is correct and I stand by it. But this morning I struck me that what you had heard abour might be only the Apochryphs. They are some books that are in some Bibles mainly Roman Catholic ones but also in some Protestant. To find them you should Google Apocryphs or Apocrypha. They were in the oldest versions of the King James Bible and I found several offers on Amazon.
These books were not removed from the Bible. They were not included in it. There is a difference.
Many of them don't exist anymore. In ancient times when all books were written by hand on papyrus, books that were not constantly copied, soon got worn out and thrown away. Some of them have been found stowed away in old libraries, some only in parts. They were written in different ancient languages. Some of them have been translated and printed in modern times, but not all.
When the books of the New Testament were put together, those doing it looked at things like: Where they connected to the first apostles in some way? Did they contain the doctrine of the church? We're they genuine, not forged? ( When books were copied by hand, it was easy to or detract parts, or even to write new books in the names of apostles or other important persons.)
To find and read the surviving copies or printed editions of such works can be difficult if you are not an academic expert on the subject. You could try to Google the following words, that are names of different kinds of such books:
Non canonical gospels
Good luck! This is generally regarded as specialist literature, so you may have some tough work ahead of you. But it can be interesting.
Tip: Start with the Apocryphs. They are included in some Bibles, either in between the other books or in a separate addition.
R. Eric Sawyer
Episcopalian, I try to pay attention.
There are a ton of things written on bible subjects. Some are even good. But they weren't included as sacred scripture. Some were silly, and not included. Some just seemed off-point compared to the ones widely accepted, and so they were rejected. Some seemed right, but they were too new.
In part, it was this sort cloud of writings that finally got the 4th century church to get to it and formalize the scriptures they believed to be authentic. These had been known and used for many generations, early church leaders had quoted from them in their own work, etc.
But these books you mentioned were not removed from the bible.
They were never put into it.
Think of the “fan-fiction” around the Harry Potter world. Rowling did not write it, it is not part of her story, it was NEVER part of her story.
But you can read it if it interests you.
studied at University of Florida
Only a handful of books were ever "removed" from the Bible after there was an accepted list of canonical books anyway, and then only be some churches. If you can get your hands on a Catholic or Orthodox Bible it will contain those books still today, They are called Deuterocanonical books:
Sirach (also called Ecclesiasticus)
Plus additions to the books of Esther and Daniel.
The Orthodox have a few additional books which were never removed, but which were never added to the canon in the West to bgin with:
1 Esdras (before Ezra and Nehemiah)
The Prayer of Mannaseh
The Letter of Jeremiah
One additional Psalm (151)
The Armenian Apostolic Church also included in the past:
The Third Epistle to the Corinthians
The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
And the Ethiopian and Eritrean Churches have a Bible which includes:
3 books of Meqabyan
Most of the "excluded" books were never included in any established canon, although some, like the Shepherd of Hermas, were used in several early churches. There are several good places online to find them:
Director, Californians for Higher Education Reform
At the Early Christian Writings website, this page: Apocrypha
Also at Sacred Texts and the Gnostic Society Archive
Some possible sources specifically for the banishment of bad angels are the Apocalypse of Moses, the Apocalypse of Adam and Eve, and the Book of Enoch. These links may help: War in Heaven , War Scroll .
Note that these books were never removed from the Bible, because they were never officially part of it. There were a lot of writings by Christians and Jews that simply weren’t included. It’s not a conspiracy — the compilers of the Bible had to draw the line somewhere. These gnostic texts are interesting, but pretty wacky in places. Many are worth reading, but my you may find afterwards deeper appreciation for the literary beauty of the regular Bible!
If I may recommend two of these, they are the Gospel of Thomas and the Hymn of the Pearl.
Sayed Khalid Faredie
International rally driver, Engineer and Political consultant. I can smell salt
Indeed the royals, Romans and the influential had the audacity to modify the original Bible tonsuitntheirninteredt suit their interests. They considered the rest of the followers as idiots. This has been a practice before and after Abraham when the rich fooled people by showing them demigods and asked them to worship the idols or else perish. People worshipped and made sacrifices and rich kept getting more rich. It is an irony that such act of modification or removal of the books from the original Bible was allowed and the world of Christians were presented a book with numerous evident human errors that cannot be accepted as the true Bible, the word of God, revealed through Jesus.
Sieh Jin Kiew
holds a Masters of Divinity from Seminari Theoloji Malaysia
those books were not removed from the bible. they were never in it. they are dated later than the ancient documents which made it into the New Testament canon, and show greater signs of legendary development than the biblical accounts. for example, in the Gospel of Peter, a huge cross emerges from Jesus' grave and speaks to the disciples.
having said that, if you really want to read them, you can find some of them here: http://gnosis.org/library.html
Kailee Amanda Lortz DeCarie
Bachelor of Science Music & The Bible, Biola University (2015)