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,