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  • Jim West
    thanks to jim davila s blog for this bit of news: This fascinating bit of news from the world of Television: Banned From the Bible, NEW YORK, Dec. 19
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      thanks to jim davila's blog for this bit of news:

      This fascinating bit of news from the world of Television: Banned From the
      Bible, NEW YORK, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- When Jesus was a boy, did he kill
      another child? Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute -- or an apostle? Did Cain
      commit incest? Will there be an apocalypse or is this God's trick to scare
      us? The answers to these questions aren't found in the Bible as we know it,
      but they exist in texts banned when powerful leaders deemed them
      unacceptable for reasons both political and religious. BANNED FROM THE BIBLE
      reveals some of these alternative tales and examines why they were "too hot
      for Christianity." The two-hour world premiere BANNED FROM THE BIBLE airs on
      Christmas, Thursday, December 25 at 9 pm ET/PT on the History Channel. The
      Life of Adam and Eve, The Book of Enoch, The Book of Jubilees, The Infancy
      Gospel of Thomas, The Gospel of Mary, The Apocalypse of Peter...these are
      just a few of the books that were left out of the Bible. The reasons why
      they were excluded provide astonishing insight into the concerns of church
      leaders and scholars responsible for spreading the faith an illuminating
      look at early Christian and religious history. One hundred and fifty years
      after the birth of Jesus, a man named Marcion decided that a Christian Bible
      was needed to replace the Hebrew Bible. Church leaders opposed Marcion's
      banning of the Hebrew books, but they did agree that Christians should have
      a Bible to call their own. After Constantine the Great converted to
      Christianity in the 4th century, a serious effort was made to compile a
      Christian Bible, one that included both the Hebrew scriptures (the Old
      Testament) and Christian manuscripts (the New Testament). It took another 40
      years before a final list of New Testament books was officially canonized by
      the church. Many of the most popular were excluded. Upon examination today,
      many of these writings attempt to resolve inconsistencies and questions
      raised from reading the Bible.

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      Dr Jim West
      Pastor, Petros Baptist Church
      http://biblical-studies.org
      http://petrosbaptistchurch.org

      "Christus solus audiendus" Mt 17,5


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