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From Amazon: On the heels of his New York Times besteller, Breaking the Da Vinci Code, New Testament expert Darrell Bock, in an easy-to-understand writing style, helps readers examine the claims about missing “secret” gospels and other early forms of Christianity. Bock presents samples of extra-biblical materials and compares them to biblical texts, enabling readers to make their own judgments.
The Missing Gospels: Unearthing the Truth Behind Alternative Christianities tries to answer this question > What are the hidden or missing Gospels and should they be given equal place with the four main Gospels? Just because the word gospel is in the title, don’t get that confused with the four Gospels in the New Testament. The Missing Gospels walks us through in detail about the effects of the discovery of the Nag Hammadi texts. The discovery of these texts significantly influenced modern scholarship into early Christianity and Gnosticism. Books like the Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown were influenced by the claims of these discoveries. The author claims that the pedigree that they have and the theology that they teach in no way could possibly go back to Jesus and the Apostles. The author makes us realize that the material we have in the Gospels, and even the material we hear abut from skeptics, have discrepancies. You may not accept that the Apostles wrote the material and that kind of thing, but you will recognize these are second and third-generation Christian expressions that do have some ties and link back to Jesus to some degree.