The Lost Books

by K.N. Stovra
(1) The Book of the Wars of the Lord.(Num. 21:14-15) (2) The Book of Jasher. (Josh. 10:13, 2 Sam. 1:18) (3) The Book of the Acts of Solomon. (I Kings 11:41) (4) The Chronicles of Nathan the Prophet. (I Chron. 29:29, 2 Chron. 9:29) (5) The Chronicles of Gad the Seer. (I Chron. 29:29) (6) The Records of Iddo the Seer. (2 Chron. 12:15) (7) The Annals of Jehu the Son of Hanani. (2 Chron. 20:34) (8) The Book of Records. (Ezra 4:15) (9) The Book of the Chronicles-of the Kings of Media and Persia. (Esther 2:23, 6:1, 10:2) (10) The Prophecy of Ahijah the Silonite. (2 Chron. 9:29) (11) The Visions of Iddo the Seer. (2 Chron. 9:29) (12) The Chronicles of Samuel the Seer. (I Chron. 29:29) (13) The Records of Shemaiah the Prophet. (2 Chron. 12:15) (14) The Records of the Hozai. (2 Chron. 33:19) ["Hozai" means "seers", prophets] (15) The Writings of David, King of Israel. (2 Chron. 35:4) [This might include some of the Psalms, but implies that they were other sorts of writings.] (16) The Writing of Solomon. (2 Chron. 35:4) (17) The Proverbs, Songs and Biology of Solomon. (I Kings 4:32-33) [This may be the same as (16) above and may overlap with parts of the Bible books of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon. The text says these were spoken, but they may have been written down because they are numbered: 3000 proverbs, 1005 songs, plus messages on botany and zoology-; perhaps scientific or maybe proverbial, like in Proverbs.] (18) Jeremiah's Scroll. (Jer. 36) [Jer. 36 gives some quotes from it, but the rest was thrown in the fire.] (19) Various unnamed books. (Ex. 17:14, Josh. 18:9, 1 Sam. 10:25, Esther 9:32) [Some of these may be among those listed above or maybe even part of Bible.] (20) Paul's Other Corinthian Epistles. (I Cor. 5:9, 11) [Scholars say I or 2.] (21) Letters from the Corinthians to Paul. (I Cor. 7:1) [Scholars say I or 2.] (22) The Epistle of the Laodiceans. (Col. 4:16) [Evidently a letter Paul wrote to the Church at nearby Laodecia, but the text says simply that they had it and not necessarily that it was written to them. Some scholars think it was a circular letter, possibly Ephesians. Some think it was Philemon. or even Hebrews] (23) Pseudo-Pauline Epistles. (2 Thess. 2:2) [Definitely not I Thess.] (24) Other Written Gospels. (Luke 1:1-4) [Some scholars think Luke meant Matthew and Mark, others say it was the "Q" document, others say lost Gospels.] (25) The Tradition of the Elders. (Matt. 15:2, 3, 6) [This later was written down by the Jewish religious leaders and called the Mishnah. It is possible that many of these traditions were written in part by the time of Jesus.] (26) The Books and the Parchments. (2 Tim. 4:13) [Scholars make guesses: Paul's personal Old Testament in Hebrew or Greek, copies of Paul's own earlier letters, copies of inspired New Testament books by other Apostles, notes and logs, official Roman papers of citizenship such as passports, etc.]