An Overview of the Lost Books of the New Testament

by Ryan Turner

The following is a list of a number of alleged "Lost Gospels" or "Lost Books" that are not in the New Testament. The reason that these books are not in the New Testament is because they were written so late and, therefore, could not have been written by an apostle or associate of an apostle (see: Myths about the Lost Books of the New Testament). Also, it is difficult for scholars to give an exact date for the first writing of each of these works, but through analyzing the themes, language, and various quotations, scholars can generally arrive at a rough estimate regarding when each book was written.

  1. Acts of John
    1. Date: A.D. 225 
  2. Acts of Peter
    1. Date: A.D. 185 
  3. Acts of Paul
    1. Date: A.D. 190 
  4. Acts of Andrew
    1. Date: A.D. 150 
  5. Acts of Thomas
    1. Date: A.D. 215 
  6. Apocalypse of Peter
    1. Date: A.D. 150 to 250 
  7. Apocryphon of James
    1. Date: A.D. 175-225 
  8. Apocryphon of John
    1. Date: A.D. 150-225
  9. Dilogue of the Savior
    1. Date: A.D. 150-200 
  10. Epistle to Laodiceans
    1. Date: A.D. 300 
  11. Eugnostos the Blessed
    1. Date: Late first century to second century
  12. Excerpta ex Theodoto
    1. Date: A.D. 175 
  13. Gospel(s) of Bartholomew
    1. Date: Fifth of sixth century
  14. Gospel of Barnabas
    1. Date: Sixteenth century
  15. Gospel of Ebionites
    1. Date: 150 A.D.
  16. Gospel of Hebrews
    1. Date: 150 A.D.
  17. Gospel of Judas
    1. Date: Second century
  18. Gospel of Mary Magdalene
    1. Date: 120-180 A.D.
  19. Gospel of Nazareans
    1. Date: A.D. 150 
  20. Gospel of Nicodemus (Acts of Pilate)
    1. Date: A.D. 150 
  21. Gospel of Peter
    1. Date: A.D. 150 
  22. Gospel of Philip
    1. Date: A.D. 175-225 
  23. Gospel of the Egyptians
    1. Date: Second to third century
  24. Gospel of the Savior
    1. Date: Second century
  25. Gospel of Thomas
    1. Date: A.D. 90-180 
  26. Infancy Gospel of Thomas
    1. Date: A.D. 225 
  27. Gospel of Thomas the Contender
    1. Date: A.D. 200-250 
  28. Gospel of Truth
    1. Date: A.D. 150 
  29. Hypostasis of the Archons
    1. Date: Third century
  30. Interpretation of Knowledge
    1. Date: A.D. 150-200 
  31. Letter to Rheginos (or Treatise on the Resurrection)
    1. Date: A.D. 175-200 
  32. Protoevangelium of James
    1. Date: A.D. 150 
  33. Pistis Sophia
    1. Date: Second century
  34. Second Treatise of the Great Seth
    1. Date: A.D. 175-200
  35. Sophia of Jesus Christ
    1. Date: Second century
  36. Teachings of Silvanus
    1. Date: A.D. 275-325 
  37. Treatise on the Resurrection (Letter to Rheginos)
    1. Date: A.D. 175-200
  38. Tripartite Tractate
    1. Date: Third to fourth century
  39. Valentinian Exposition
    1. Date: A.D. 175-200 

Sources

  • Bock, Darrell. The Missing Gospels: Unearthing the Truth behind Alternative Christianities. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2006.
  • Robinson, James M., Ed., The Nag Hammadi Library. New York: Harper Collins, 1990.
  • M. A. E. Smith, J. Swann, T. C. Butler, C. L. Church, and D. S. Dockery, Holman Book of Biblical Charts, Maps, and Reconstructions, Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1993, p. 26.