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The Gospel | New Testament

There are 27 books in the New Testament and numerous "lost" books that are not in the traditional canon.


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There are 27 books in the New Testament of the Bible, all written before 120 CE. Over the centuries, different sects of Christianity had slightly different canons. While some of the books remained pretty consistent, such as the Gospel of Mark, others, such as some of the letters by Paul were not. The current canon of the Bible was canonized by the Catholic church in the 4th century CE. Athanasius, the Bishop of Alexandria, listed the 27 books we see today as the official canon in his Easter letter in 367, calling for the Egyptian church to cease use of their gnostic texts. This list was affirmed by the Council of Rome in 382 and then onward. In 1945, 13 papyrus codices were discovered with 46 different texts, 41 of which had previously been totally lost. Some or many of these are likely the texts the Catholic church asked to be excluded from the canon 367.





The New Testament of the Bible

The 27 books canonized by the Catholic church.





Non-Canonized Books

There are many books that were in other canons, other than the 27 listed in the New Testament. Many of these books were cherished and viewed as the inspired word of God and the real works of apostles after the death of Jesus.



Apocalypse of Peter

Book of Wisdom

Gospel of Apelles

Gospel of Bardesanes

Gospel of Basilides

Gospel of Marcion

Gospel of Mani

Gospel of Thomas

Epistle of Barnabas

Epistle of Clement

Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans

Epistle of Ignatius to the Trallians

Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians

Epistle to Diognetus

Epistle to the Laodiceans (of Paul)

Epistle to Seneca the Younger (of Paul)

Third Epistle to the Corinthians (of Paul)

Shepherd of Hermas



Nag Hammadi Texts


Allogenes the Stranger

Authoritative Discourse

The Act of Peter

The Acts of Peter and the 12 Apostles

The Book of Allogenes

The Book of Thomas

The Concept of Our Great Power

The Dialogue of the Savior

The 2nd Discourse of Great Seth

The Discourse on the 8th and 9th

Eugnostos the Blessed

Excerpt from the Perfect Discourse

Excerpt from Plato's Republic

Exegesis on the Soul

The 1st Gospel of the Infancy of Jesus Christ

The Gospel of Judas

The Gospel of Mary

The Gospel of Phillip

The Gospel of Truth

The Holy Book of the Great Invisible Spirit

Hyphsiphrone

The Interpretation of Knowledge

Marsanes

Melchizedek

The Paraphrase of Shem

The Payer of Apostle Paul

The Prayer of Thanksgiving

Protevangelion

The 1st Revelation of James

The 2nd Revelation of James

The Revelation of Adam

The Revelation of Paul

The Revelation of Peter

The Secret Book of James

The Sentences of Sextus

Teachings of Silvanus

Three Forms of First Thought

The Three Steles of Seth

The Thought of Norea

Thunder

Valentinian Exposition

The Wisdom of Jesus Christ

Zostrianos




 

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