Ancient Texts

The Shepherd of Hermas (The Second Part of the Book of Hermas called His Commands)

The Shepherd of Hermas was written around 150-250 AD in Rome .  In early Christianity, it was listed between the Acts of the Apostles and the Acts of Paul.  The book consists of five visions granted to Hermas, a former slave. This is followed by twelve mandates or commandments, and…
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The Shepherd of Hermas (The First Part of the Book of Hermas called His Visions)

The Shepherd of Hermas was written around 150-250 AD in Rome .  In early Christianity, it was listed between the Acts of the Apostles and the Acts of Paul.  The book consists of five visions granted to Hermas, a former slave. This is followed by twelve mandates or commandments, and…
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The Gospel of Nicodemus: Part II – Christ’s Descent into Hell

The Gospel of Nicodemus claimed to have been derived from original Hebrew work written by Nicodemus who appears in the book of John as an associate of Jesus.  It is believed to have been written around 400 AD.  The text contains multiple parts which appear to be uneven in style…
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The letters of Pontius Pilate and Herod concerning Jesus

Note: As with any apocryphal writing, Christians must take care to recognize historical writings regarding Christianity may have ulterior motives and thus, can contradict our biblical texts.  They are presented here for research purposes. The Letter of Pontius Pilate, Which He Wrote to the Roman Emperor, Concerning Our Lord Jesus…
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The Second or St. Thomas’s Gospel of the Infancy of Jesus Christ

The Second or St. Thomas's Gospel of the Infancy of Jesus Christ manuscript of the Coptic text, found in 1945 at Nag Hammadi, Egypt, is dated at around 340 AD. It was first published in a photographic edition in 1956. This was followed three years later (1959) by the first…
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