To: Steve Bedard 2-Sep-93 12:33pm Quoth Steve Bedard to S

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From: Simon Ewins To: Steve Bedard 2-Sep-93 12:33pm Quoth Steve Bedard to Simon Ewins thusly: SB> Do you have proof of this? The proofs tend to get a bit thick but, yes, there are many indications that much editing took place. The most overt example that I can point out is the Gospel of Mark which (in its current form) is quite a lot shorter than it originally was. There is also a letter from Clement of Alexandria to someone named Theodore, who had opposed teachings by the Carpocratians from a 'secret' Gospel of Mark. In his letter Clement admits that this 'secret' document is, indeed, authentic and implores Theodore to not allow the text that has been removed from Mark to be viewed by anyone. The most convincing proof of the correctness of this story is to be found in Morton Smith's (the discoverer of the Nag Hammadi documents) book 'Clement of Alexandria and a Secret Gospel of Mark'. This is very technical book and may be beyond you since a good knowledge of Latin, Greek and Hebrew is required. The texts being discussed are only provided in these languages. A more readable text (for non-scholars) is Morton Smith's 'The Secret Gospel: The Discovery and Interpretation of the Secret Gospel According to Mark'. Both of these should be available in any decent public library. You may also want to check out writings concerning the following books and gospels that were not included in the Bible: I Adam and Eve Simeon II Adam and Eve Levi The Secrets of Enoch Judah The Psalms of Solomon Issachar The Letter of Aristeas Zebulun The Fourth Book of Maccabees Dan The Story of Ahikar Naphtali The Testament of Reuben Gad Asher Joseph Benjamin Gospel of the Virgin Mary Protevangelion Laodiceans (by Paul) I Infancy Paul and Seneca II Infancy Paul and Thecla Nicodemus (letter from) Jesus to Abgarus (letter from) Abgarus to Jesus Barnabus I Clement Magnesians II Clement Trallians Romans (not the NT letter) Philadelphians Smyrnaeans Polycarp Philippians I Hermas (Visions) II Hermas (Similitudes) The Letters of Herod and Pilate The Last Gospel of Peter I There are far more books and Gospels that were excluded from the OT and the NT than were included. Why? In many cases they cast doubt upon the character of both God and Jesus and are in conflict with the theology that the early church fathers had already decided was the correct one. Men like Clement (who was not above subterfuge), Origen (who castrated himself because of his 'lustful' thoughts), Alexander (who burnt libraries and had Hypatia stoned or flailed to death), Tertullian and many others of equally questionable sanity and character. These are the men who formed your beliefs, who decided what you should or should not have ready, officially sanctioned access to. You owe it to yourself, your children and your children's children to question their decisions.

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