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The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden is a collection of 17th-century and 18th-century English translations of some Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and New Testament Apocrypha , some of which were assembled in the s, and then republished with the current title in The translations were first published, under this title, by an unknown editor in The Lost Books of the Bible Cleveland , but the translations had previously been published many times.
The book is, essentially, a combined reprint of earlier works. The first half, Lost Books of the Bible , is an unimproved reprint of a book published by William Hone in , titled The Apocryphal New Testament , itself a reprint of a translation of the Apostolic Fathers done in by William Wake , who later became the Archbishop of Canterbury, and a smattering of medieval embellishments on the New Testament, from a book by Jeremiah Jones , posthumously published in In the three centuries since these were originally published, a great deal more is known about the Apostolic Fathers including a good deal of the original text that was not available in and New Testament apocrypha.
The second half of the book, The Forgotten Books of Eden , includes a translation originally published in of the "First and Second Books of Adam and Eve", translated first from ancient Ethiopic to German by Ernest Trumpp and then into English by Solomon Caesar Malan , and a number of items of Old Testament pseudepigrapha, such as reprinted in the second volume of R.
More modern translations of these works include J. Charlesworth , ed. Old Testament Pseudepigrapha ; W. Schneemelcher , ed. New Testament Apocrypha ; and M. James , The Apocryphal New Testament. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article includes a list of references , related reading or external links , but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations.
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Home - Answers. The Bible Forbidden to the Laity. Question: You said that the Catholic Church forbade the common people from reading the Bible in their own language. Answer: There were times when the Catholic Church officially deprived the common people from reading or even possessing the Bible in their own language. The historical fact is admitted by Catholic writers:. No prohibitions were issued against the popular reading of the Bible. New dangers came during the Middle Ages.
When the heresy of the Albigenses arose there was a danger from corrupt translations, and also from the fact that the heretics tried to make the faithful judge the Church by their own interpretation of the Bible. To meet these evils, the Council of Toulouse and Tarragona forbade the laity to read the vernacular translations of the Bible.
Pius IV required the bishops to refuse lay persons leave to read even Catholic versions of the Scripture, unless their confessors or parish priests judged that such readings was likely to prove beneficial.
The following two quotations are taken from the Council of Toulouse and the Council of Trent in the thirteenth and sixteenth century respectively. Those, however, who presume to read or possess them without such permission may not receive absolution from their sins till they have handed them over to the ordinary. Bookdealers who sell or in any other way supply Bibles written in the vernacular to anyone who has not this permission, shall lose the price of the books, which is to be applied by the bishop to pious purposes, and in keeping with the nature of the crime they shall be subject to other penalties which are left to the judgment of the same bishop.
Regulars who have not the permission of their superiors may not read or purchase them. This is in stark contrast to the Reformers like Wycliffe, Luther and Tyndale who laboured tirelessly to give the Word of God to the people in their own native tongue. In my country, Malta, which is intensely Roman Catholic, the first efforts to translate the Bible into the Maltese language were done by the handful of Protestants on the island.
In fact the first complete Bible in Maltese was published by a Protestant society, despite all the opposition encountered from the Catholic establishment.
Thank God the modern Catholic Church has changed its position.