The Gnostic Gospels


There is a volume by the title of:

The Gnostic Gospels
Elaine Pagels
1981 Vintage Books

Dr. Elaine Pagels is one of many who worked on translating a cache of codices found near Jabal al-Tarif, a section of cliff on the right bank marking the limit of the Nile valley and the arable land between Chenobskeia and Pabau. The fruit of that effort is recorded in a volume entitled:

The Nag Hammadi Library in English
James M. Robinson, General Editor
1978 Harper & Row

I believe, however, that it is the Infancy Gospels of "The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden" that contain the relating of the events that you have described in your note. As far as I know all three of these works are currently available or orderable through most booksellers.

What follows is a listing of the contents of "The Lost Books of The Bible and The Forgotten Books of Eden", "The Nag Hammadi Library", and "The Apocrypha". Please feel free to extract this for your own reference.

"The Lost Books of The Bible and The Forgotten Books of Eden"

Total of 35 Works

The Lost Books Of The Bible

  1. The Gospel of the Birth of Mary
  2. Protoevangelion
  3. 1 The first Gospel of the INFANCY of Jesus Christ
  4. 2 Thomas's Gospel of the INFANCY of Jesus Christ
  5. Epistle of Christ & Abgarus
  6. Gospel of Nicodemus (formerly Acts of Pontius Pilate
  7. The Apostles' Creed
  8. Epistle of Paul to Laodiceans
  9. Epistles of Paul & Seneca
  10. Acts of Paul & Thecla
  11. 1 Epistle of Clement to Corinthians
  12. 2 Epistle of Clement to Corinthians
  13. Epistle of Barnabus
  14. Epistle of Ignatius to Ephesians
  15. Epistle of Ignatius to Magnesians
  16. Epistle of Ignatius to Trallians
  17. Epistle of Ignatius to Romans
  18. Epistle of Ignatius to Philadelphians
  19. Epistle of Ignatius to Smyrnaeans
  20. Epistle of Ignatius to Polycarp
  21. Epistle of Polycarp to Philippians
  22. 1 Hermas Visions
  23. 2 Hermas Commands
  24. 3 Hermas Similitudes
  25. Letters of Herod & Pilate
  26. The Lost Gospel of Peter

Forgotten Books Of Eden

  1. The conflict of ADAM & EVE w/Satan
  2. The 2nd book of ADAM & EVE
  3. The Book of the Secrets of Enoch
  4. The Psalms of Solomon
  5. Odes of Solomon
  6. Letter of Aristeas
  7. 4th book of MACCABEES
  8. Story of Ahikar
  9. Testament of Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulum, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Joseph, and Benjamin

The Nag Hammadi Library

Total of 52 Works

  1. The Prayer of the Apostle Paul
  2. The Apocryphon (secret book) of James
  3. The Gospel of Truth
  4. The Treatise on Resurrection
  5. The Tripartite Tractate
  6. The Apocryphon of John
  7. The Gospel of Thomas
  8. The Gospel of Phillip
  9. The Hypostasis of the Archons
  10. On the Origin of the World
  11. The Exegesis on the Soul
  12. The Book of Thomas the Contender
  13. The Gospel of the Egyptians
  14. Eugnostos of the Blessed
  15. The Sophia of Jesus Christ
  16. The Dialogue of the Savior
  17. The Apocalypse of Paul
  18. The First Apocalypse of James
  19. The Second Apocalypse of James
  20. The Apocalypse of Adam
  21. The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles
  22. The Thunder, Perfect Mind
  23. Authoritative Teaching
  24. The Concept of Our Great Power
  25. The Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth
  26. The Prayer of Thanksgiving (+ scribal note)
  27. Asclepius
  28. The Paraphrase of Shem
  29. The Second Treatise of the Great Seth
  30. Apocalypse of Peter
  31. The Teachings of Silvanus
  32. The Three Steles of Seth
  33. Zostrianos
  34. The Letter of Peter to Phillip
  35. Melchizedek
  36. The Thought of Norea
  37. The Testimony of Truth
  38. Marsanes
  39. The Interpretation of Knowledge
  40. A Valentinian Exposition
  41. On the Anointing
  42. On Baptism A
  43. On Baptism B
  44. On the Eucharist A
  45. On the Eucharist B
  46. Allogenes
  47. Hypsiphrone
  48. The Sentences of Sextus
  49. The Gospel of Truth
  50. Trimorphic Protennoia
  51. The Gospel of Mary
  52. The Act of Peter
  • A section of Plato's "Republic" was also found together with the above works.

The Books Of The Apocrypha

Total of 15 works

  1. 1 Esdras
  2. 2 Esdras
  3. Tobit
  4. Judith
  5. Remaining Chapters of the Book of Esther
  6. Wisdom of Solomon
  7. Ecclesiasticus (Wisdom of Jesus son of Sirach)
  8. Baruch
  9. A Letter of Jeremiah
  10. The Song of Three
  11. Daniel and Susanna
  12. Daniel, Bel, and the Snake (or Dragon)
  13. Prayer of Manasseh
  14. 1 Maccabees
  15. 2 Maccabees

Total of 102 non-canonical works in three collections. There are still other works than these! It should be noted here that some of the Apocrypha are recognized as canon by some and are contained in some translations of Bible, usually included between the Old and New Testaments.

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