Missing Books Of The Bible
After claiming that the canonical Gospels are unreliable accounts, The Da Vinci Code goes on to claim that other, non-canonical works are more reliable accounts of Jesus’ life (pgs. 242-249).
The non-canonical writings consistently fail to meet the tests for historical reliability.
First, most of them, like the Gospel of Thomas were composed a century or more after the events they supposedly record.
Second, these writings are typically falsely attributed to apostles or other important church leaders, though these persons had been long dead by the time the books were composed. In other words, the non-canonical writings often contain obvious deceits right from the start.
Third, their distribution was so limited that in many cases we do not have even a single full manuscript. Consequently, we have no way of affirming the accuracy of their transmission over time.
- Fourth, there is little or no corroboration of their factual claims by any other ancient sources.
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