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Missing Books of the Bible

Updated on March 5, 2015

52 Missing Books?

That's right! At least 52 books are missing in the Bible. But why? If this is the book that Christians base their entire faith in, why are these texts missing? Does it change the way Christians behave or believe in God?

History teaches us that early gospels didn't make it because they were taught orally and didn't ever get written down. Others were lost due to time, wars, upheavals, and persecutions. Some were destroyed by the Church to cover up the true origins of Christianity. And still some were cut because they expressed unorthodox views or heresy.

When I first heard about the Gospel of Judas, the heavily disputed Gospel of Jesus' wife, and researched the missing gospels of Mary Magdalene, I asked myself those same questions. Why are these texts missing in the Bible? Constantine deliberated for months deciding which books should make it to the final cut of the Bible, but why were these omitted? It didn't change my faith when I learned the truth about these books. I was still Christian, but I felt like I had been lied to by the Church and my faith. Why keep these books a secret?

I'm not a Christian anymore. The discovery of these missing texts didn't sway me away from my faith. It was my faith that could not save me from my enemies. Still... I wonder if Christians know about these missing texts. What does it do to their faith? Why would the Church continue to express that these texts are falsified or sinful? Let's take a look at the texts themselves. What do you lose or gain knowing what these messages or lessons contain?

Mary Magdalene, shown in a painting by Guido Reni, repenting of her former sinful ways.[15] The Walters Art Museum.
Mary Magdalene, shown in a painting by Guido Reni, repenting of her former sinful ways.[15] The Walters Art Museum. | Source
Mary Magdalene, in a dramatic 19th-century popular image of penitence painted by Ary Scheffer
Mary Magdalene, in a dramatic 19th-century popular image of penitence painted by Ary Scheffer | Source
Mary Magdalene attributed to Gregor Erhart (Louvre)
Mary Magdalene attributed to Gregor Erhart (Louvre) | Source

Gospel of Mary Magdalene

Ladies first...

The only surviving copies of this text was copied and bound in the late 4th or 5th century. It was found in Greek. It was found in an ancient collection of Gnostic texts in the late 19th century near Akhmim in upper Egypt. There are pages missing. Parts of the gospel have been lost for the time being. However, some chapters exist.

The Church may have excluded this text because of the role women play in Christianity. Is it possible that Jesus could have loved Mary above the other disciples? Could she have been favored by God, and what does that role play in Christianity? Why would the Church choose to silence the woman? History teaches us that the Church did not like women that stood up for themselves. They thought women should slave unto a man as a servant does. That women were magnets of sin.

Karen King considers the work to provide

an intriguing glimpse into a kind of Christianity lost for almost fifteen hundred years...[it] presents a radical interpretation of Jesus' teachings as a path to inner spiritual knowledge; it rejects His suffering and death as the path to eternal life; it exposes the erroneous view that Mary of Magdala was a prostitute for what it is—a piece of theological fiction; it presents the most straightforward and convincing argument in any early Christian writing for the legitimacy of women's leadership; it offers a sharp critique of illegitimate power and a utopian vision of spiritual perfection; it challenges our rather romantic views about the harmony and unanimity of the first Christians; and it asks us to rethink the basis for church authority."[19]

King concludes that “both the content and the text’s structure lead the reader inward toward the identity, power and freedom of the true self, the soul set free from the Powers of Matter and the fear of death”. “The Gospel of Mary is about inter-Christian controversies, the reliability of the disciples’ witness, the validity of teachings given to the disciples through post-resurrection revelation and vision, and the leadership of women.”[20]

(Source: King, Karen L., The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the first woman apostle, p. 3.)

Chapter 9

1) When Mary had said this, she fell silent, since it was to this point that the Savior had spoken with her.

2) But Andrew answered and said to the brethren, Say what you wish to say about what she has said. I at least do not believe that the Savior said this. For certainly these teachings are strange ideas.

3) Peter answered and spoke concerning these same things.

4) He questioned them about the Savior: Did He really speak privately with a woman and not openly to us? Are we to turn about and all listen to her? Did He prefer her to us?

5) Then Mary wept and said to Peter, My brother Peter, what do you think? Do you think that I have thought this up myself in my heart, or that I am lying about the Savior?

6) Levi answered and said to Peter, Peter you have always been hot tempered.

7) Now I see you contending against the woman like the adversaries.

8) But if the Savior made her worthy, who are you indeed to reject her? Surely the Savior knows her very well.

9) That is why He loved her more than us. Rather let us be ashamed and put on the perfect Man, and separate as He commanded us and preach the gospel, not laying down any other rule or other law beyond what the Savior said.

10) And when they heard this they began to go forth to proclaim and to preach.

(Gospel of Mary)

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Gospel of Jesus' Wife Fragment


Gospel of Jesus' Wife

The fragment was discovered in 2008 by Professor Karen L. King and her colleague AnneMarie Luijendijk. She announced the discovery in 2012. It's just 7 1/2 lines long, written on papyrus. But what it contains has rocked the foundations of Christianity. Many have believed the fragment to be falsified. A clever fraud; a hoax. It's been carefully carbon dated, and under years of scrutiny. The Vatican has been quoted to say, "it's a very modern forgery." But why? Surely, a find like this should have the scientific and Christian sects screaming at its authenticity. However, the fragment is rife with controversy.

The fragment contains the phrase, "Jesus said to them, my wife..."

The entirety of the papyrus reads:

The English translation of the fragmentary lines is, for the recto:

line 1: ... not [to] me. My mother gave me life ...
line 2: ... The disciples said to Jesus, ...
line 3: ... deny. Mary is (not?) worthy of it. ...
line 4: ... Jesus said to them, "My wife ...
line 5: ... she is able to be my disciple ...
line 6: ... Let wicked people swell up ...
line 7: ... As for me, I am with her in order to ...
line 8: ... an image ...

For the verso:

line 1: ... my moth[er] ...
line 2: ... three ...
line 3: ... ....
line 4: ... forth ...
lines 5 & 6: illegible ink traces

Source: wiki/Gospel_of_Jesus'_Wife

The papyrus was proven to be authentic earlier this year. While many people argue about when it was originally written, the truth is that the fragment is real, and may tell a very different story about Jesus' divinity. Still hotly disputed, is the fourth line. Did Jesus have a wife?

As stated above, the Gospel of Mary Magdalene hints that she was Jesus' wife. It questions some Christians faith that Jesus wouldn't have been a virgin at his crucifixion. An idea that the Vatican places strong ties to. That the son of God would have never taken a mate; as his birth was celibate, so too would his life and death become. The Catholic Church puts a lot of emphasis on its followers about sex and sexual desire. That those that have wives are concerned with their wives well-being. But those that are celibate, are concerned with God's.

"The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord; but the married man is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried woman or girl is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit; but the married woman is anxious about worldly affairs, how to please her husband (1 Cor. 7:32-34)"

They go onto say this about Jesus and those that practice celibacy in the priest-hood.

"Marriage is a good thing but a difficult thing, to the degree that, when Jesus describes what Christian marriage really entails, the apostles blanch and declare it is not expedient to marry. The summary of this passage: Not everyone can choose to be celibate, but those who can should, for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. It’s exactly the same admonition as in 1 Corinthians: Marriage is good, but celibacy is better.

Since Jesus is celibate, and since, as Paul says, celibacy for the sake of Christ is a higher state than marriage, and since a priest is an alter Christus (“other Christ”) when he is standing in the place of Christ to celebrate the Eucharist (i.e., the marriage supper of the Lamb), we should not be surprised that in antiquity the discipline grew up (spontaneously, from the grass roots) of more and more priests likewise choosing to be celibate."


Jesus & Celibacy

Jesus Praying
Jesus Praying | Source

Gospel of Judas

Page 13 Gospel of Judas
Page 13 Gospel of Judas | Source
Stained glass Judas Iscariot among Gospels
Stained glass Judas Iscariot among Gospels | Source
Last Supper
Last Supper | Source

Gospel of Judas Iscariot

This Gospel has always spelled trouble for the Catholic Church. It's not even seen as a canonical gospel, but a Gnostic gospel. There's only one known original copy that still exists. The lucky finder, Frieda Nussberger-Tchacos. It was found in the 1970s, near Beni Masar, Egypt. When it was first translated, it was as highly debated as the fragment found by Professor Karen King. After numerous carbon dated testings, it's been dated to AD 280. The original codex had 31 pages, written front and back. Now, because of worn and time, it's broken into thousands of pieces. Now, only 13 pages are known to exist from the original codex.

Why is this codex missing?

It all goes back to Judas Iscariot himself. In the Bible, Judas was the apostle that betrayed Jesus and had him brought to the Jews for crucifixion.

"Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said (unto him) 'What will you give me, and I will deliver him unto you?' And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him. When the morning had come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor. Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, 'I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.' And they said, 'What is that to us? See you to that.' And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself."

(Source: Book of Matthew 26-7,

So, why did they leave this text out? If the basic message is that Judas did, indeed, betray Jesus, why isn't this gospel among the others? Why has the Church denied it's existence? Why is this a Gnostic text?

In the codex itself, it reveals a narration between Jesus and Judas. He was the most beloved apostle, Jesus' right hand man, the one where Jesus felt comfortable with the most. He tells Judas about the real lessons, the true teachings that Jesus is trying to pass down. He's taught about spiritual matters and cosmology. About the beginning of time, the real genesis. Also, about his mission to show salvation that connects with God and man. Finally, he tells Judas about his death. In the other Gospels, Jesus must die to atone for humanity's sins. In the gospel of Judas, Jesus' death is just a way for him to return to Heaven. He begs Judas to betray him.

“[…] light [----nearly two lines missing----] around […] let […] spirit [that is] within you dwell in this [flesh] among the generations of angels. But God caused knowledge to be [given] to Adam and those with him, so that the kings of chaos and the underworld might not lord it over them.”

Judas said to Jesus, “So what will those generations do?”

Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, for all of them the stars bring matters to completion. When Saklas completes the span of time assigned for him, their first star will appear with the generations, and they will finish what they said they would do. Then they will fornicate in my name and slay their children [55] and they will […] and [----about six and a half lines missing----] my name, and he will […] your star over the [thir]teenth aeon.”

After that Jesus [laughed].

[Judas said], “Master, [why are you laughing at us]?”

[Jesus] answered [and said], “I am not laughing [at you] but at the error of the stars, because these six stars wander about with these five combatants, and they all will be destroyed along with their creatures.”


Judas said to Jesus, “Look, what will those who have been baptized in your name do?”

Jesus said, “Truly I say [to you], this baptism [56] […] my name [----about nine lines missing----] to me. Truly [I] say to you, Judas, [those who] offer sacrifices to Saklas […] God [----three lines missing----] everything that is evil.

“But you will exceed all of them. For you will sacrifice the man that clothes me. Already your horn has been raised, your wrath has been kindled, your star has shown brightly, and your heart has […]. [57]

“Truly […] your last […] become [----about two and a half lines missing----], grieve [----about two lines missing----] the ruler, since he will be destroyed. And then the image of the great generation of Adam will be exalted, for prior to heaven, earth, and the angels, that generation, which is from the eternal realms, exists. Look, you have been told everything. Lift up your eyes and look at the cloud and the light within it and the stars surrounding it. The star that leads the way is your star.”

Judas lifted up his eyes and saw the luminous cloud, and he entered it. Those standing on the ground heard a voice coming from the cloud, saying, [58] […] great generation […] … image […] [----about five lines missing----].


[…] Their high priests murmured because [he] had gone into the guest room for his prayer. But some scribes were there watching carefully in order to arrest him during the prayer, for they were afraid of the people, since he was regarded by all as a prophet. They approached Judas and said to him, “What are you doing here? You are Jesus’ disciple.”

Judas answered them as they wished. And he received some money and handed him over to them."

(Source: Gospel of Judas

Again, the Catholic Church, can't handle a little controversy. Is it too much of a stretch for the most revered apostle to have betrayed Jesus? Does Judas have to be painted as only a villain if Christ's teachings were more important than Judas' betrayal? And is it truly a betrayal if Jesus trusted him enough to be this wolf in sheep's clothing?

Gospel of Judas (National Geographic)

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