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THE OTHER BIBLE
The OTHER Bible. Edited with introductions by Willis Barnstone. Published by HarperCollins in 1984.
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Gathered here for the first in one comprehensive volume are excerpted ancient holy texts from Judeo-Christian traditions that were excluded from the official canon of the Old and New Testaments. The Other Bible is a unique sourcebook of essential selections from Jewish Pseudepigrapha, early Kabbalah, Haggadah, Midrash, Christian Apocrypha and Gnostic scriptures.

The Other Bible provides a rare opportunity to discover the poetic and narrative riches of this long-suppressed literature and experience firsthand its visionary discourses on the nature of God, humanity, the spiritual life, the world around us, and infinite worlds beyond this one.

After the closing of the Old Testament and during the first centuries of the Common Era, inspired authors,--Jews, Christians, Gnostics, and Pagans--continued to write sacred scriptures. Many of these texts were of amazing beauty and religious importance and competed with books withing the [established] canon... Had events been otherwise, and certain of these texts incorporated in our Bible, our understanding of the tradition of religious thought would have been radically altered. Today, free of doctrinal strictures, we can read the 'greater bible' of the Judeo-Christian world.

 
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