When the Bible was compiled about 2,000 years ago, one unintended
consequence was that many scriptural writings were relegated to
obscurity, so the books you find in your Bible are only a tiny
sampling of the complete set of ancient holy writings that could have
Depiction of a scriptorium, where Bibles
and other manuscripts were copied over by hand.
For instance, Genesis
contains the first half of the Adam and Eve story, but the fascinating
is missing, along
with the troubling account of
Abraham's early life
, and much more.
Similarly, there used to be more than 150 Psalms, including the poetic
Hymn to the Creator, but you
won't find them in your Bible. Nor will you find Mordecai's
serpent dream from the Book of Esther.
From short passages to entire books, the Bible is missing more than
most people realize.
Some writings were left out for political or theological reasons,
others simply because of the physical restrictions of ancient
book-making technology. At times, the compilers of the Bible skipped
information that they assumed everyone knew. Some passages were even
omitted by accident. For these reasons and more, your Bible doesn't
give you a complete picture.
The Unabridged Bible fills in the blanks.
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Looking for something in particular? Try the index.
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