The Lost Texts from the Old Testament

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.

Claude Mariottini
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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3 Responses to The Lost Texts from the Old Testament

  1. Anonymous says:

    >you seriously think God forgot something in His Word? Take a time to contemplate what His Word means to you and just how great the Lord is.


  2. Anonymous says:

    >Read Exd 17:14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this [for] a memorial in a book, and rehearse [it] in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. That book IS the book of Exodus. There is no “book of the remebrance of the Amalekites”.1Sa 10:25 ¶ Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote [it] in a book, and laid [it] up before the LORD. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house. That IS the book of Samuel! Where is the evidence for another book?Mal 3:16 ¶ Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard [it], and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. This is a book in heaven, in the presence of God. Along with the book of life, the Book of the Wars of God etc. It IS NOT an earthly book that was lost somewhere. 2Ch 21:12 ¶ And there came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of David thy father, Because thou hast not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat ..There it is. That IS the letter. It is not missing. It is quoted in full in that chapter.Job 31:35 Oh that one would hear me! behold, my desire [is, that] the Almighty would answer me, and [that] mine adversary had written a book. This is Job’s wishful thinking. Does not imply a book was written.Exd 32:32 Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. This is the Book of Life. Not a missing book. It has the names of the redeemed in it. Revelation talks about opening the Book of life with names. You want to read the book that God wrote? Here it is, 66 books by 40 authors. Complete.


  3. Anonymous says:

    >Excellent comment, Anonymous!


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