Extra-biblical Texts

I just wanted to write a little snippet on extra-biblical texts.  In the Christian world, one is often warned to stay away from extra-biblical texts as they may “lead one astray from the straight and narrow”.  Since coming to Torah, Brad and I have seen that these other books hold some value and typically reinforce what we already believe and understand from Scripture.  We don’t consider them to be Scripture, but we can see that the apostles and other writers whose books are included in the “Jewish” and “Christian” canons refer to some of the extra-biblical texts, either by name or by quoting from them.  Some of these texts include:

The Book of Jasher – Joshua 10:13, 2 Samuel 1:18

The Book of Enoch – Jude 1:14, 2 Peter 2:14; 3:13

The First Book of Adam and Eve (or the Life of Adam and Eve) – 2 Corinthians 11:14 (concept of Satan masquerading as an “angel of light”)

Furthermore, the people at Qumran made copies not only of what we consider canonical books, such as Isaiah, but also the Book of Enoch, the Book of the Giants, the War Scroll, the Book of Noah, the Prophecy of Joshua, and the list goes on and on.  (You can find a lot of the texts of the Dead Sea Scrolls online, or you can get a copy of The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English.

Coming out of Christianity (organized religion, in general) and into a truer faith in the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, I think it behooves us to look at everything with a discerning eye and not listen when we are told to stay away from something just because a “teacher” has said it is dangerous, especially if it can offer clarity to concepts laid out in Scripture.

I encourage you to check them out and as always use discernment and leading of the Holy Spirit.

Shalom and Blessings,

Sarah

  • What a treat to have found your blog. I have not yet explored these books well yet (although I have Jasher). I have spent some time in the books of the apocrapha of found some value in those as well…It is hard to find time for them we still dig into the Scriptures so much…being the living book and all – they always hold new lessons and revelation for us to see. 🙂 But we’ll get to them..one day. 🙂

  • Yes, I agree, Sarah, both about being open to reading these extra-biblical texts and about remaining prayerful and discerning, not being pushed about by every wind of doctrine. : ) I found the Book of Enoch so encouraging! It’s sad that many believers are warned away from such things. I haven’t seen the Book of the Giants. Will have to check it out!

  • I’ve read Jasher, Enoch, and the Adam and Eve books and I’ve got to say that they have clarified a lot of things and filled in the blanks. I’ll have to check out the Book of the Giants – thanks for putting that up. I wasn’t aware of that one. You might like The Archko Volume. They are various documents from the time of Yeshua that were in the Vatican but now published. Some are court documents surrounding the crucifixion. Very interesting. Just found your blog today – off to read more entries.
    Shalom – Carol

  • Sarah, you said: “I think it behooves us to look at everything with a discerning eye and not listen when we are told to stay away from something just because a “teacher” has said it is dangerous, especially if it can offer clarity to concepts laid out in Scripture.” I couldn’t agree more. Many “teachers” today have an agenda that is rooted in something other than the truth.

    In addition to the texts that you mentioned, I would recommend the Books of the Maccabees (Maccabees I – IV), for vivid examples of the faithful putting their faith into action, not just words.

    • Maccabees! Of course, I agree! 🙂 I specifically mentioned the books above because the ideas and concepts in these books (that I have read thus far) are reflected or mentioned in the Tanakh and some of the epistles of Paul and other writers. Thanks for stopping by!