The List of 75 Books Removed From the Bible

Many of the found religious books were left out by the Catholic Church back in the 18th and 19th centuries due to their controversial versions that do not align with Jesus’ teaching.

That being said, it’s still very important to gain a different perspective and obtain knowledge about our religion from other sources, such as the rejected books and gospels.

The List of 75 Books Removed or Excluded from the Bible

  1. The Protevangelion
  2. The Gospel of the Infancy of Jesus Christ
  3. The Infancy Gospel of Thomas
  4. The Epistles of Jesus Christ and Abgarus King of Edessa
  5. The Gospel of Nicodemus (Acts of Pilate)
  6. The Apostles’ Creed (throughout history)
  7. The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Laodiceans
  8. The Epistles of Paul the Apostle to Seneca, with Seneca’s to Paul
  9. The Acts of Paul and Thecla
  10. The Epistle of Clement
  11. The Second Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians
  12. The Epistle of Barnabas
  13. The Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians
  14. The Epistle of Ignatius to the Magnesians
  15. The Epistle of Ignatius to the Trallians
  16. The Epistle of Ignatius to the Romans 
  17. The Epistle of Ignatius to the Philadelphians
  18. The Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyrneans
  19. The Epistle of Ignatius to Polycarp
  20. The Shepherd of Hermas (Visions, Commands, and Similitudes)
  21. Letter of Herod To Pilate the Governor
  22. Letter of Pilate to Herod
  23. The Lost Gospel of Peter
  24. The Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians
  25. Book of Enoch 1
  26. Book of Enoch 2 (known as The Secrets of Enoch
  27. Enoch 3 
  28. Book of Esdras 1 
  29. Book of Esdras 2
  30. Book of Maccabees 1
  31. Book of Maccabees 2
  32. Book of Maccabees 3
  33. Book of Maccabees 4
  34. Book of Maccabees 5
  35. Book of Tobit
  36. Book of Jasher
  37. Book of Judith
  38. Book of Esther
  39. Book of Ecclesiasticus / Sirach
  40. Book of Jubilees
  41. Book of Baruch 1
  42. Book of Barucu 2
  43. Book of Baruch 3 
  44. Book of The Shepherd of Hermas
  45. Book of Wisdom / Wisdom of Solomon
  46. Book of The Psalms of Solomon
  47. Book of The Odes of Solomon
  48. Book of Giants
  49. Book of Adam and Eve 1 
  50. The Conflict of Adam and Eve with Satan
  51. The Gospel of James / The Protevangelion
  52. The Gospel of Peter
  53. The Gospel of Thomas
  54. The Gospel of Nicodemus / Acts of Pilate
  55. The Syriac Infancy Gospel / Infancy of Jesus Christ
  56. The Epistles of Jesus Christ and Abgarus, King of Edessa
  57. The Epistle of Aristeas
  58. The Epistle of Jeremiah
  59. The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Laodiceans
  60. The Epistles of Paul the Apostle to Seneca
  61. The Epistle of Pilate to Herod
  62. Assumption of Moses
  63. Apocalypse of Moses
  64. Testament of Abraham
  65. Apocalypse of Abraham
  66. Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs 
  67. The Acts of Paul
  68. The Acts of Paul and Thecla
  69. The Apostles Creed
  70. Psalm 151
  71. Story of Susanna*
  72. Story of Bel and The Dragon*
  73. Story of Ahikar*
  74. The Prayer of Azariah and the Songs of the Three Holy Children*
  75. Prayer of Manasseh

*missing texts/books from the Gospel of Daniel 

Radically different from the Cannon Books of the Bible

The finding of the gospels of Thomas, Mary and Phillip in 1945 is, to this day, considered one of the most important discoveries when it comes to Christianity.


These texts provide a drastically different look on Jesus’ teaching and his life, which many frown upon. 

Instead of being depicted as a suffering human, these books mainly describe Jesus as a divine creature whose teaching is about immortality.

Types of Books and Texts in the Bible 

Two basic types of Christian books (both those included and excluded from the Bible) are the apocryphal and pseudepigraphal texts.

The meaning of the word Apocrypha is “hidden.” 

In other words, some information about them still remains unknown. 

Many of these works have been incorporated into Bibles for specific religious groups, such as Catholics or Protestants. 

Some believe these works were written between the time of the writing of the Old Testament and the New Testament. 

On the other hand, Pseudepigrapha is a term that refers to a false claim of authorship. 

In other words, a specific text might claim to have been written by Peter, the disciple, but that claim was thought to be false. 

Many of the excluded books that are on the list are considered to be pseudepigraphal texts.

Most Known Lost Books of the Bible 

As we successfully covered the full list of lost, removed or generally excluded books and stories from the official Bible, here are some of the well-known ‘lost’ books of the Bible, as well as why they are not part of the official Bible.

lost books

The Protevangelion

The Protevangelion is a gospel that stuck around as part of the Bible for centuries before being removed in the late 1800s. 

It tells the story of the early life of Jesus Christ, and it was written by an unknown author who claimed to have been Jesus’ disciple. 

Despite the storyline matching the rest of the Bible, this book was excluded because many were doubtful of its origin (was he really Jesus’ disciple?).

The Apocalypse of Peter 

The Apocalypse of Peter / The Second Apocalypse of James is one of many apocryphal texts written in Greek and Coptic, and it tells the story of death and descent into hell by Saint Peter. 

Despite the fact that these scripts go back as far as 140 CE, the storyline of this text was quite controversial. 

Namely, the book sees Simon not as a martyr, but rather as Satan’s representative sent to Peter in order to test him, ultimately sending Peter to Hell. 

Not a very Saint-ish story, right? 

The Gospel of Mary

The Gospel of Mary Magdalene is a Gnostic text that was written in Greek sometime in the second century AD. 

The book depicts Jesus’ teaching, and it includes his speech to his disciples about the resurrection and eternal life.

Just like many other books that were banned due to their controversies, the Gospel of Mary was also removed because Christian Institutions considered the text to be heretical. 

The Infancy Gospel of Thomas 

The Infancy Gospel of Thomas was also once included in the Bible. 

The Infancy Gospel of Thomas tells a story about the childhood of Jesus Christ, but in a rather mystical, fairytale-like manner. 

Due to way too many miracles going on in the text, many were worried that this book would lead people astray from Christianity because it’s unrealistic. 

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