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Forgotten Scriptures: The Selection and Rejection of Early Religious Writings
McDonald, Lee Martin

Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox, 2009 pp. xiv + 313. $29.95


Description: We know that the early Christian church had a variety of Scriptures and other source material that informed their faith and shaped their thinking. We also know that after a few centuries the church decided to keep the twenty-seven books of our present New Testament and to treat them as canonical in faith and practice. But the other books did not simply disappear. In fact, many of them remain valuable for understanding the diversity of the early Christian church and the astounding claims of faith on which the church was founded. Learning about these ancient documents need not threaten the churchís current orthodoxy and authority; in fact, learning about these texts can help todayís Christians form a deeper understanding of the early church.

Subjects: Bible, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Old Testament Apocrypha, New Testament Apocrypha, Literature

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Review by Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton
Published 3/2/2010
Citation: Francis Dalrymple-Hamilton, review of Lee Martin McDonald, Forgotten Scriptures: The Selection and Rejection of Early Religious Writings, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


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