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If the holy Catholic Church did not choose, compile, and canonize the books in the holy Bible, would the Protestants choose the same books found in today’s Bible as inspired or would they select others instead? Which is which?

Below is the list of the books, in alphabetical order, that were circulated in the early centuries of Christianity but not included in the holy Bible:


Abercius, Inscription of 
Abgarus, King of Edessa and the Epistle of Jesus Christ 
Abraham, Book of
Abraham, Testament of
Abijah, The Prophecy of
Acts of A King
Adam, The Book of 
Adam, The Apocalypse of, (Revelation of)
Adam and Eve, The Books of, The Latin Translation 
Adam and Eve, Life of, The Slavonic Translation 
Adam and Eve, Life of, the Greek Translation 
Adam and Eve, The First Book of 
Adam and Eve, The Second Book of 
Addeus the Apostle, The Teachings of 
Against the Heresies 
Ages of The World, The
Ahikar, Grand Vizier of Assyria, The Story of
Andrew, Acts and Martyrdom of the Holy Apostle 
Andrew, Gospel of
Andrew and Matthew, The Acts of
Andrew and Matthias, Acts of 
Anointing, On the 
Apelles, Gospel of 
Apocalypsis Mosis 
Apollonius, Acts of 
Apostles, Acts of the 2
Apostles, The Teachings of the
Apostles, The Epistle of the 
Apostrophe to Zion
Archangel Michael And King Zedekiah, The
Archons, The Hypostasis of the 
Aristeas, The Letter of 
Aristides, Apology of
Athanasius: On the Incarnation
Athenagoras of Athens, A Plea For the Christians 
Athenagoras of Athens, On The Resurrection of the Dead 
Augustine, The Writings of 


Baptism A, On the 
Baptism B, On the 
Baptismal Liturgy, A 
Barnabas, The Acts of 
Barnabas, The Epistle of
Barnabas, Gospel of 
Bartholomew, the Apostle
Bartholomew, Gospel of
Bartholomew, Martyrdom of 
Baruch, The Fourth Book of
Basilides, The Gospel of
Book of the Covenant, The
Book of Enoch, The
Book of Gad, The
Book of Hymns, The
Book of James – Protevangelium, The
Book of Jasher, The
Book of Jehu, The
Book of Jubilees, The
Book of Samuel the Seer, The
Book of the Wars of the Lord, The


Carpus, Acts of 
Calendrical Document, (Mishmarot) 
Celsus: Fragments from Origen
Celsus’ View of Christians and Christianity 
Celsus on Christianity 
Cernithus, Gospel of
Cernithus, Revelation of
Chosen One, The
Christ and Abgarus, The Letters of 
Christ Epistle by the Manichees
Christ Hymn Taught to Disciples 
Christian Sibyllines
City of God, The 
Claudius Apollinaris 
Clement I
Clement II
Clement of Alexandria
Clement to the Corinthians, First Epistle of
Clement to the Corinthians, Second Epistle of
Clement to James, The Epistle of
Clement, Letters to Corinth 
Clement, The Recognitions of 
Clementine, The Homilies
Cleodemus Malchus 
Colossians, Epistle from Laodicea to the
Community Rule 
Copper Scroll, The 
Corinth, Epistle to
Creator, Hymn to the 
Cyprian, The Writings of


Daniel, The Vision of 
Damascus Document, The
David, The Annals of King 
David, Apocryphal Psalms of 
Demetrius the Chronographer 
Didache, The Teachings of the 12 Apostles 
Dionysius of Corinth 
Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth 
Divine-Throne Chariot, The 
Dura-Europos Gospel Harmony


Egerton Gospel
Egyptians, The Gospel of the 
Ebionites, Gospel of the
Eden: First and Second Book of Adam and Eve, The Forgotten Books of 
Egyptians, Gospel of the
Elchasai, Book of 
Elchasar, Book of 
Eldad and Modad 
Elijah, The Apocalypse of 
Encratites, Gospel of the
Enoch (Ethiopic Apocalypse of Enoch)
Enoch, Secrets of
Enoch (Slavonic Book of the Secrets of Enoch) 
Enoch And The Watchers
Giants, The Book of, (Attributed to Enoch)
Epistle of Adrian in behalf of the Christians
Epistle of Antoninus to the Common Assembly of Asia
Epistle of Barnabas
Epistle to Corinth
Epistle from Laodicea to the Colossians
Ephesians 2
Ephraim of Syria`s Hymn Against Bar-Daisan 
Ephraim of Syria`s The Pearl: Seven Hymns on the Faith 
Epiphanes On Righteousness 
Epistula Apostolorum 
Esra, Fifth Book of 
Esra, Sixth Book of
Esdras, The Revelation of
Essene Book of Revelation, The
Essene Gospel of Peace, The
Essenes and The Dead Sea Scrolls, The
Esther, The Remaning Chapters of 
Eucharist A, On the 
Eucharist B, On the 
Eugnostos the Blessed 
Eupolemus, Pseudo-
Eve, Gospel of
Exhortation Based On The Flood
Ezekiel, Apocryphon of 
Ezekiel the Tragedian 
Ezra, Greek Apocalypse of 
Ezra, Questions of 
Ezra, Fourth Book of


Fayyum Fragment 
Flavius Josephus
Formulary of Blessing, A


Galen, On the Natural Faculties 
Galen, Exhortation to the Study of the Arts, Especially Medicine 
Galen, On Diagnosis in Dreams
Genesis, Commentaries on
Genesis and Exodus, A Reworking of
Giants, The Book of, (Attributed to Enoch)
Gilgamesh Epic, The Flood Narrative From the
Gospel of Truth


Hebrew (2)s, Gospel of
Helkesaites, Book of the
Heresies, Against the
Herod to Pilate
Hermas , Shepherd of
Hesychius, False Gospels of the
Hosea Commentary
Hymn Of The Initiants, A 
Hymns of Triumph


Iddo, The Story of Prophet
Iddo the Seer, Visions of
Iddo Genealogies
Ignatius, The Epistles of
In Praise of Wisdom
Infancy Gospel, Arabic
Infancy Gospel of James and 
Infancy Gospel of Thomas Greek Text A
Infancy Gospel of Thomas Greek Text B 
Infancy Gospel of Thomas Latin Text 
Infancy Gospel of Thomas, Jesus at Five Years 
Infancy, The Gospel of Pseudo Matthew 
Inheritance of The Firstborn, The Messiah of David, The 
Invitation to Grace After Meals
Isaiah, Ascension of 
Isaiah, The Martyrdom of 
Israel And The Holy Land


Jacob, Ladder of 
Jacob, Prayer of
Jacob, The Vision of
James, Secret Book of 
Jannes and Jambres 
James, The First Apocalypse of 
James, The Second Apocalypse of 
James, The Apocryphon of 
James, Book of, The Gospel of, Protevangelion 
Jasher, Book of 
Jesus Christ, The Sophia of 
Jesus, Epistle to Peter and Paul Available
Jesus, The Lost Years of 
Jesus, The New Sayings of 
Jeu, Books of
Job, Testament of 
Job, Targum of
Jonathan, Prayer for King 
John, The Acts of 
John, The Acts of, Excerpt from the Mystery of Cross 
John, The Apocryphon of (Secret Book of)
John, The Book of, Concerning the Death of Mary
Joseph of Arimathaea and Aseneth 
Joseph of Arimathaea, The Narrative of
Joseph the Carpenter, The History of 
Jubilees, Book of 
Judas (130-170 AD), Gospel of
Judas Iscariot, Gospel of
Jude, Gospel of
Julius Cassianus 
Justin Martyr 
Justin Martyr, First Apology 
Justin Martyr, Second Apology 
Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho 
Justin Martyr, Fragments from the Lost Writings of Justin 
Justin Martyr, Hortatory Address to the Greeks 
Justin Martyr, On the Sole Government of God 
Justin Martyr, On the Resurrection 
Justin Martyr, Discourse to the Greeks


Kerygmata Petrou
King David, The Annals of 
Kings, The Third Book of 
Kings, The Fourth Book of 
Knowledge, The Interpretation of


Laodiceans, The Epistle to 
Last Days: A Commentary on Selected Verses 
Letter of the Law : Ordinances, The
Letter of the Smyrnaeans or the Martyrdom of Polycarp, The
Lentitus, Acts of the Apostle
Leontius, Acts of the Apostle
Leucius, Acts of the Apostle 
Leuthon, Acts of the Apostle
Litany Of The Angels 
Liturgical Calendar, A 
Liturgy, A 
Lord, Gospel of the 
Lucian of Samosata 
Lucian of Samosata, Alexander the False Prophet 
Lucian of Samosata, The Passing of Peregrinus 
Lucianus, The False Gospels


Maccabees, Third Book of 
Maccabees, Fourth Book of 
Manner of the Kingdom, The
Maniclees, Acts of the Apostles used by
Marcion, Gospel of the Lord and HERE
Mara Bar Serapion 
Marcionite, Anti-Prologues 
Marcus Aurelius 
Marcus Aurelius to the Senate, Epistle of
Mark, The Secret Gospel of 
Martyrdom of the Holy Martyrs 
Mary, Excerpts From Gospel of 
Mary, The Gospel of the Nativity of
Mary Magdalene, The Gospel of 
Mary of Bethany, (Magdalene), The Gospel of 
Mary, The Passing of 
Matthew, The Acts and Martyrdom of
Matthew, The Martyrdom of
Matthias, Book of
Mathetes to Diognetus, Epistle of
Matthias, Gospel of 
Matthias, Traditions of 
Maximus of Jerusalem 
Meditation on Israel’s History 
Melchizedek, The Heavenly Prince 
Melchizedek, The Coming of
Merinthus, Gospel of
Melito of Sardis
Michael, Words of 
Montanist Anonymous Anti-
Morning Hymn
Moses, The Assumption Of, The Testament Of 
Moses, Book of
Moses, The Sixth Book of 
Moses, The Seventh Book of 
Moses, The Revelation of 
Moses, The Words of
Muratorian Canon


Naassene Fragment
Nabonindus, The Healing of King 
Nahum Commentary
Narrative of Zosimus Concerning the Life of the Blessed, The
Nathan the Prophet 
Nazarenes, Gospel According to the 
Nazarene Prophecy Source
Nazoreans ,Gospel of the
New Jerusalem
Nicodemus, The Gospel of 
Nicodemus, The Gospel of Acts of Pilate 
Nicodemus, The Gospel of Acts of Pilate II 
Norea, The Thought of


Octavius of Minucius Felix 
Ophite Diagrams 
Origin of the World, On the 
Osee, The Prophecy of 
Oxyrhynchus 840 Gospel 
Oxyrhynchus 1224 Gospel


Parable of the Bountiful Tree, The
Paralipomenon, The First Book of 
Paralipomenon, The Second Book of 
Passion Narrative 
Passion of the Scillitan Martyrs 
Patriarchs, Lives of The 
Patriarchs, Tales of the
Patriarchs, The Testaments of the Twelve ( See Testaments of the twelve Patriarchs, The)
Paul, Acts of 
Paul, Apocalypse of 
Paul, Coptic Apocalypse of
Paul, The Prayer of the Apostle 
Paul, Revelation of 
Paul and Seneca, The Correspondence of, 
Paul and Thecla, Acts of 
Paul, The Vision of
Perfect Life / Holy (12) Twelve, The Gospel of The 
Perfect Mind, The Thunder 
Perfection, Gospel of 
Perpetua and Felicitas, Acts of 
Perpetua, The Story of
Peter, Acts of 
Peter, Additional Acts of
Peter and Andrew, The Acts of 
Peter, The Apocalypse of 
Peter Doctrine of 
Peter, Gospel of
Peter to James, The Epistle of
Peter, Judgement of 
Peter, Lost Gospel 
Peter and Paul, The Acts of 
Peter and Paul, Preachings of 
Peter to Philip, Letter of 
Peter, The Apocalypse of (Fragment) 
Peter, The Last Gospel
Peter, The Lost Gospel According to 
Peter, Coptic Apocalypse of 
Peter, Preaching of 
Peter, The Revelation of 
Peter and the Twelve Apostles, The Acts of 
Philip, The Acts of 
Phillip, Additions to the Acts of
Philip, The Gospel of 
Philip, Journeyings of the Apostle
Philippians 2
Phylactery (Tefillin) Scroll
Pilate, Acts of
Pilate, Letters of 
Pilate to Herod
Pilate to Tiberius 1
Pilate to Tiberius 2
Pilate to Augustus Caesar
Pilate, The Trial and Condemnation of 
The Death of Pilate
Pontius Pilate, The Giving Up of 
Pistis Sophia 
Pistis Sophia, Excerpts from 
Pistis Sophia, First Book 
Pistis Sophia, Second Book 
Plea for Deliverance 
Plea For Grace
Pliny the Younger 
Polycrates of Ephesus
Polycarp, Martyrdom of 
Polycarp to the Philippians 
Power, The Concept of Our Great 
Prayer for Intercession
Prayer of Praise
Priestly Service
Prophets, The Lives of the
Protevangelion 2nd Century, The
Proverbs, A Collection of
Psalms, Commentary on 
Psalms:Dead Sea Scroll 
Ptolemy, Commentary on The Gospel Of John Prologue
Ptolemy’s Letter to Flora


Q, Gospel referred to by the letter


Rechabites, The History of the 
Redemption and Resurrection 
Resurrection, Treatise on the 
Reworked Pentateuch
Rheginos, The Epistle to 
Ritual Purity Laws


Saviour, The Avenging of the 
Savior, Dialogue of the 
Savior, Gospel of the
Sayings of the Seers
Scillitan Martyrs, Passion of the 
Scythianus, Gospel of
Secret of The Way Things Are, The 
Secrets, The Book of 
Sedrach, Apocalypse of 
Seleucus, The Acts of the Apostles 
Serapion of Antioch
Seth, Revelation of Adam`s Origin 
Seth, The Second Treatise of the Great 
Seth, The Three Steles of 
Sextus, The Sentences of
Shem, The Paraphrase of
Shemaiah the Prophet
Shepherd of Hermas, The 
Signs Gospel 
Silvanus, The Teachings of 
Simon Cephas, The Teaching of
Solomon, Acts of
Solomon, Odes of 
Solomon, Psalms of
Solomon, Testament of 
Solomon, The Wisdom of 
Songs of the Sabbath Sacrifice 
Sophia (Wisdom) of Jesus Christ 
Sophonias ,The Prophecy of 
Soul, The Exegesis on the
Stephen, Revelation of
Syriac Apocrypha
Syriac Menander 
Scythianus, Gospel of


Tatian’s Address to the Greeks 
Temple as Described In The Temple Scroll, The
Testaments of the twelve Patriarchs, The
Thaddaeus, The Acts of 
Thaddaeus, The Gospel of 
Thanksgiving, The Prayer of
Theodotus, Excerpts of 
Theophilus of Antioch 
Theophilus of Antioch, Book 1 
Theophilus of Antioch, Book 2 
Theophilus of Antioch, Book 3 
Theophilus of Caesarea
Thomas, Acts of 
Thomas, Apocalypse of 
Thomas the Contender, The Book of 
Thomas, The Consummation of 
Thomas , Gospel of 
Thomas, Secret Gospel 
Three Patriarchs, Testaments of the 
Titan, The Gospel of
Tongues of Fire 
Torah Precepts
Treasures, The Cave of 
Treatise on the Resurrection
Trimorphic Protennoia 
Tripartite Tractate, The
Truth, The Gospel of
Twelve Apostles, Gospel of
Twelve Patriarchs, Testaments of the 
Two Ways, The


Uziah, Acts of


Valentinian Exposition 
Victor I 
Vienna and Lyons, Letter from 
Virgin, The Apocalypse of the 
Vision of the Son of God, A 


War Rule 
Wars of the Jews 
War Scroll, The
Wiles of the Wicked Woman, 
The Wisdom Text


Zadokite Work, Fragments of a
Zion, Apostrophe to 
Zion, A Lament for


“Amid the general jubilation over the three hundredth anniversary of the appearance of King James’s version of the Bible, I think it would be a pity if we did not make mention of that great Church to which, under God, we owe our possession of the sacred Scriptures—I mean of course, the Roman Catholic Church.”

—Rt. Rev. Henrey Grey Graham, a Protestant pastor who became a Catholic bishop—


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