"Lost Books" of the Old Testament

Fragments, quotes, and other evidences suggest the Old Testament may be missing some text. What are these books, and why didn't God give them to us as Scripture?

Day One: Lost Books
There are no "lost books" of the Bible, or books that were taken out of the Bible, or books missing from the Bible. Every book that God intended and inspired to be in the Bible is in the Bible. There are many legends and rumors of lost books, but there is no truth whatsoever to these stories...
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Day Two: The Book of Enoch
The Book of Enoch is any of several pseudepigraphal (falsely attributed works, texts whose claimed authorship is unfounded) works that attribute themselves to Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah; that is, Enoch son of Jared...
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See Also: "Who was Enoch in the Bible?"

Day Three: The Book of Jubilees
The Book of Jubilees, sometimes called the "Lesser Genesis," was probably written in the 2nd century BC and records an account of the biblical history of the world from the creation to Moses...
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See Also: "What is the Jubilee?"

Day Four: The Assumption of Moses
The Assumption of Moses is a book, dated to the first century, supposedly relating prophecies told to Joshua by Moses. The book is sometimes referred to as the Testament of Moses...
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Day Five: The Book of Jasher
Also known as the "Book of the Upright One" in the Greek Septuagint and the "Book of the Just Ones" in the Latin Vulgate, the Book of Jasher was probably a collection or compilation of ancient Hebrew songs and poems praising the heroes of Israel and their exploits in battle...
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See Also: "What does the Bible say about music?"

Image Credit: Chester Beatty; "Greek Manuscript of the Book of Enoch"; 4th century; Public Domain

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Published 1-29-16