It all began with Michael Pahl. On July 19, 2005, Michael posted on his blog a wish list of lost documents that are related to early Christianity that he would like to see and read.
This was followed by Michael Turton, who, on July 20, published his list of five texts he would like to see from early Christianity.
Then Jim Davila, also on July 20, offered his wish list of Old Testament pseudepigrapha mentioned in surviving literature from antiquity.
Then on that same day, Jim West submitted his own list of lost books that he would like to see and read.
Then, Stephen C. Carlson, with the four previous lists in hand, submitted his own list on July 20 of books that he would like to see and read.
Then, on July 24, Christopher Heard posted his list of lost texts from the Old Testament that he would like to see.
I began my blog in August 2005 but did not discover this list until today. So, even though I am very late, as “one born out of due time,” I also would like to submit my list of texts and documents from the Old Testament that I would like to see and read.
The list below is not in chronological order and is not in order of priority. In submitting my list, I am avoiding duplicating what Christopher and Jim have submitted. Therefore, here is my list of texts and documents I would like to see and read:
- The Book of the Covenant (Exodus 24:7)
- The book of remembrance about the Amalekites (Exodus 17:14)
- The book detailing the rights and duties of the king (1 Samuel 10:25)
- The book of remembrance of those who feared the Lord (Malachi 3:16)
- Elijah’s letter to Jehoram (2 Chronicles 21:12)
- A written certificate of divorce (Deuteronomy 24:1)
- Job’s signature (Job 31:35)
- The book that God wrote (Exodus 32:32)
There are many more books and texts that are mentioned in the Old Testament. If I just could see and read the eight texts listed above, I would be very happy.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary