The Lost Gospels

The Lost Gospels

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The Lost GospelsDocumentary presented by Anglican priest Pete Owen Jones which explores the huge number of ancient Christian texts that didn't make it into the New Testament. Shocking and challenging, these were works in which Jesus didn't die, took revenge on his enemies and kissed Mary Magdalene on the mouth - a Jesus unrecognizable from that found in the traditional books of the New Testament.

Pete travels through Egypt and the former Roman Empire looking at the emerging evidence of a Christian world that's very different to the one we know, and discovers that aside from the gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John, there were over seventy gospels, acts, letters and apocalypses, all circulating in the early Church.

Through these lost Gospels, Pete reconstructs the intense intellectual and political struggles for orthodoxy that was fought in the early centuries of Christianity, a battle involving different Christian sects, each convinced that their gospels were true and sacred.

The worldwide success of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code sparked new interest, as well as wild and misguided speculation about the origins of the Christian faith. Owen Jones sets out the context in which heretical texts like the Gospel of Mary emerged. He also strikes a cautionary note - if these lost gospels had been allowed to flourish, Christianity may well have faced an uncertain future, or perhaps not survived at all.

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11 months ago

How would I cite this in MLA? LMAO

T.L. Bell
1 year ago

Nothing blatantly obvious here coming from a channel with the star of Remphah and very demonic videos on the channel.

Big Paul
2 years ago

Representing for HUMA 1850

4 years ago

I think it is pointless to engage into gnostic texts etc., without having read the basics of C. G. Jung. The documentary does, however, a fine job (without reference to C. G. Jung who explained most of the gnostic literature in the terms of the Old and New Testament). Certain confusions arising towards the end of the documentary (like, for example, the construction of 'two gods' ) could have been avoided.

4 years ago

Within the first ten minutes he proved himself to be a person more intent on creating his own narrative than exploring the truth. If he indeed knows his subject then he would have been embarrassed to say that any of the lost gospels says that Jesus kissed Mary on the lips. It simply is not there; the sentence was not finished, the parchment had been destroyed. He could have kissed her on the hand or on the cheek. He is either totally ignorant of the subject or is creating the narrative to suit himself; either way it is incorrect. Dishonesty does not a documentary make.

Kimberly Moxley
5 years ago

God never wrote anything. It was those who were inspired by God to write their interpretation of personal revelation and or tell the stories down through the ages. The Jews did a remarkable job at recording everything from time to family bloodlines to history. I am Christian but that is as far as I go when it comes to "fundmental" beliefs. I do study ...but not the way most do. I do not stick to listening to perversion from the pulpit nor do I give my "tithe" to line the pockets of a storehouse holder. I didnt find the truth until I was 40...and I wasnt looking or attending a church building. We all play a role in God plan. There had to be a Judas or else Jesus never would have been nailed to that cross. We study through playing devils advocate...Satan means adversary..not a being persey..but a way of thought and action. Know your enemy.

6 years ago

OUTSTANDING Documentary! Thank you so much. Also, thank you for covering the Marcion part. I needed to know more about him and thanks to your work I have. Blessing to you...

Andley Dorgervil
8 years ago

I've read it all, Old, New, Apocrypha... Have faith in your ability to tell right from wrong, truth from lie.

Nanette Gray
8 years ago

I have to almost laugh as the history Channel, those that are secular who do not even read the bible try to explain an understanding of the New Testament. To go on the fact that Constantine had the writtings of the Bible brought to the masses. If one reas the "Trail of Blood" one can see the path of each denomination. Constantine had four scholars go through the writtings. What was important, was those that did not "lead" to Christ and his teachings were not included. The History Channel basically eluded to that the Bible was written is is the basis of the Catholic Church, I disagree, the changing of the Bible, when King Corinthian came to power he changed the meanings to appease his position as that of a man and then is when the political understanding of the Bible takes a twist, to the Catholic Catechism. The pure writings of the New Testament is not regulated by the Catholic church. Which is implied by the History Channel! The fundamentalist and Evangelical faith, reads right from scriptures, and cross references the scriptures. That all man come to the Father through the Son and only through the Son. No, priest can tell you your sin are forgiven, no priest can tell someone that he is righteous and in the family of God on their say by rituals nor can they put themselves in the place of Christ. Peter did not "build" the idea of the Catholic church, he was to preach the gospel to the Jew and Paul to take the message to the gentiles. We need no outside source to have a personal relationship with God through Christ. First and only we are to be born again, that is to accept Christ as our personal Savior by repenting, grace through faith. Read the words of God, it is all there. God Bless and keep you, through the name of Jesus Christ our Lord..Amen

Michael Fourie
9 years ago

Does anybody know the name of the music played at 0:26:03 (for a very short time). I have tried requesting this info from the BBC but have received no reply and am hoping there may be somebody out there who knows.

9 years ago

That was interesting.

11 years ago

@Lonzel Watts
Your comments to me was rather enlightening and uplifting, I must say, you were not rude at all, because if you were, I would not have responded to you, because I am a mature person who likes to engage in intelligent comments. You said that my opinion on who is or is not a Christian does not matter as the definition speaks for itself was so true, because I was not giving my own opinion, but rather was expressing exactly what the definition showed [1] It said professing belief in Jesus as Christ. The bible said no man can call Jesus the Christ but by the Holy Ghost and There are three kinds of believers [1] the unbeliever [2] the make believer and [3] the real believer, the real believer does not believe with their body or their spirit they believe with their soul, The bible said the soul that sinneth or disbelieveth shall surely die [that is the second death] and the only way to believe with your soul is to receive the new birth. Jesus said except a man be born again he cannot see or enter the kingdom of God. That is the reason why so many cannot find God, It is because of a lack of the new birth, which is definition number [3].
Manifesting the qualities or spirit of Jesus; Christlike. Now there no way someone can become Christ like, without the new birth, Paul said I live but yet not I but Christ that liveth in me. For Christ to come and live in us it will take [1] Genuine repentance, [2] Baptism in the name of Jesus Christ and [3] Receiving the genuine Holy Ghost that will give you that spiritual birth by experience.
Good Bye for now Anthony.

11 years ago

@ Lonzel Watts
What is a Christian? To me that is a very important question, because the only way you can become one, you have to first know what it is. Let us look at when they were first called Christian, Acts 11:26 “And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” Because the very life that they were living, and manifesting was the literal life of Jesus Christ.
As I have said before a Christian is one who possesses the literal life of Jesus Christ and that life is an overcoming life, that life is also eternal, it has no beginning so therefore is has no end, it overcomes hell, death and the grave. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. This is sex, the love of money and popularity. The three great strongholds and the three great temptations of the Devil.
There are millions today that have no control over their sex life, then there are those who will do anything for money and there are those who are selling their souls to the devil just to become popular. But finally there are those who are having the victory in Christ Jesus. These are the ones that the devil hate. But these are the ones that God love and is in full communication with, the overcomers.
Going to church does not make you one, same as going to the hospital does not make you a doctor, just as flying in an aeroplane does not make you a pilot. You become one [that is a Christian] by a spiritual birth.

11 years ago

@ Jody Annan
Yes you are right that fornication in the biblical terms mean the worship of others or false deities. But that is spiritual fornication, like in the book of Revelation 17:2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. What I was speaking about however, is natural fornication as in the book of Corin. 6:13 Now the body [is] not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. Also it said. Nevertheless, [to avoid] fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. So to say that Jesus had a sexual relationship with Mary is really absurd. That's why i will reiterate again, that those manuscripts is call the lost Gospel and rightfully so that why they was not found in the canon of scriptures.

11 years ago

copyright infringement my ass

11 years ago

okay clearly this documentary is mainly for Christians but denomination Roman Catholics and strong old believing Catholics not the new age Catholics.
So this clearly does not apply to all Christians because every single religion bible is wrote different than the first original bible which was published in the 1600s after that the Catholics tampered with every single bible printed. read who printed and translated the king James version Christians bibles. it was a catholic. not christian don't know, why though.

11 years ago

i found the documentary and comments interesting, both telling half truths depending on which angle one want to see. new vs old testaments. one fact remain unexplored. maybe if we try to understand the origin of the old testaments in relation to africans might help, i believe they are the source and creators of the old testaments and if we take time to concentrate on ancient africa and its culture and people, we might understand better both the origins and who christ was both as a man and spirit. these people are the origins and founders of spirituality and might make sense to refer to these cultures if we want to have a better understanding of modern religions and how they evolve. we will be wasting time if we do not start from the roots..............

Bill Williams
11 years ago

for me this documentary was very disappointing. He seemed to spend more time justifying the churches rampant censoring of early material as "necessary to win" than delving into the details of the apocrypha. I was excited to watch this but really light weight in my opinion. I'm more interested in knowledge in all forms than the winning doctrine, I guess I'm just an elitist Gnostic, ay?

11 years ago

aight so besides the outfit, i still enjoyed the doc. some stuff i knew, some i didnt so it was worth the view for me. lost gospels sounds like something related to the mystery schools and such. also, i wonder if the higher levels of the clergy study these lost books, and leave the bible as is, to the masses, clergy or other.

11 years ago

disinformative and propaganistic

11 years ago

love the documentary but really wish this guy had the etiquette to remove his hat while indoors.

11 years ago

What clearly escapes Rationality is the reasoning why some human beings believe they should be acknowledged by a Higher Being, in the first place. What fantastic and dynamic action do these humans really deliver during their lives to distinguish themselves, in the animal kingdom?

Reproduction is a self serving act to fill one's life on earth, an unnecessary act but followed en masse in many societies, guaranteeing people have little time, interest and commitment to discovering the real purpose, mission and capabilities of humans on earth.

It is all very well placing emphasis on an ancient book, one that has survived many centuries, while other manuscripts and stories have been destroyed or adopted as self initiated and plagiarised by rampant conquerors. It is also all very well believing in a book without knowledge of Hebrew/Greek and refusing to carry out indepth research of numerous versions of the Bible. However should we not all be rocking the boat, in order to test the ark's stability, soundness and sea worthiness, before we jump on board?

How many people have ever pondered over Lady's Day falling on 25 March (Spring Equinox) and the addition of 9 months/moons, leading to a day near or 25 December, depending of course upon which calendar you use?

11 years ago

I do admire your sincerity, I always like to say to people, it is better you say that you are an atheist [someone who don't believe in God] than to say that you are a christian [ someone who possesses the life of Christ] and living your life like the devil, you will stand a better chance with God by saying that you don't believe, because the bible said to whom much is given much is required. For the life of Christ is an overcoming live, that overcame hell, death and the grave, that's why, we who profess to be Christians, must live an overcoming life also, because like begot like. Jesus said because I overcame the world you shall overcome also.
Now I will like to share something with you if you don't mind. Man is a triune being, meaning, man is Body, Spirit and Soul.
The Body has five senses which is see, tastes, smell, hear and touch, the Spirit has five senses which is reasoning, conscience, memory affection and imagination but your soul only has two, which is faith or unbelief. Now you don't believe with your Body or your Spirit you believe with your soul, the Bible said the Soul that sineth, that is, the soul that disbelieveth shall surely die. Now faith is a super sense that you receive when you experience the new birth and that is the only sense anyone can contact God with. That's why many people are trying to come in contact with God, but without faith, that is like trying to see without your eyes or trying to hear without your ears, which is impossible.
So until you experience the new birth by receiving God's word deep down in your soul, you can never have faith, and without it, you can never please God.
Now I will also like to talk about Jesus being God and how real the devil is but that will be in another blog, bye for now, Anthony.

11 years ago

May be in those days immortality meant to be written about in a book, in a gospel included in the bible, the book of all books for that generation. It immortalized a person for etenity as they might have thought.
and it least until now.

11 years ago

An excellent documentary regarding the history of the new testament, and the likelyhood as to why certain texts were included while others weren't. Roman support (Constantine)for the survival and growth of Christianity(history is written by the victors) should not be underestimated regarding power and control over the masses. With that said, and religious beliefs aside, I tend to believe that the message is more important than the man himself, giving credence to Doubting Thomas that if salvation exists at all, it flourishes from the ability to think anew, not repeating what came before without considering it's implications.

11 years ago

The more Christians watch this kind of documentaries the better. Some of them may, hopefully, realize that the scriptures they believe to be the message of god are nothing but texts carefully chosen by some individuals to support certain political interests at that time. I particularly like the idea of two gods, put forth by Marcion of Sinope, because it expresses my own understanding that the god of the OT and the NT have to be two absolutely different entities.

11 years ago

Since it is knowned that these Gospels really existed along with the writers ...why not include them in the bible of the 21st century? The rulers of the past no longer rule, the writings should be read equally as part of the past.

11 years ago

MY humble apology. I meant hundreds and thousands of years apart. For example, take the books that Paul wrote and measure it with the books that Moses wrote.
Mr Robert, if education makes a man so arrogant please leave me with my common sense, and my broken English. However I thank you, for what you called, "constructive criticism" to my last post. It was once said, that you have to go through the hall of critics before you can reach the hall of fame.
The reason I was so passionate in my response to this documentary is because it's a bunch of lies. You can even see for yourself the big holes in the manuscript. Do you know what a big difference one word in a sentence could make? I had to change the word 'of' to 'and' in one my sentence, and what a big different it made. What I found also to be very absurd, is when they said that Jesus may have had a sexual relationship with Mary. Jesus said that no fornicator [that is having sex outside of marriage] shall enter the kingdom of heaven and one man who lived what he preached is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Last but not the least, the manuscripts are called the lost gospels and rightfully so, that' why they did not make their way into the canon of scripture in the Bible. Thank you.

11 years ago

Wow! Talk about some that are so "pure" and "righteous"....let's hope YOU'RE not followed as a "false" prophets...and what will be said on Judgement Day....or do we just rot like worms? I'm not.

11 years ago

The Bible is a compilation of sixty- six books, written by forty different authors over a period of hundreds and thousands of years apart, it reveals the one goal and the one purpose of Almighty God, there is not a book like it in the world. It starts with Genesis which means seed and ends with Revelation which is Apocalypse meaning unveiling. All that started in Genesis will end up in Revelation. It started with Adam, Eve and Eden and it ends with Christ, the Bride and the Millennium. Showing that the same author of the book is the same author of creation: GENESIS CH 1:12 And the earth brought forth grass, [and] herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed [was] in itself, after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good. Every seed brought fort after his kind, and to this day that has never changed and will never change, what you sow is what you reap. It is the complete Revelation of Jesus Christ. Showing that the God who was above us, became Emmanuel, God with us. To the Holy Ghost, God in us, not three Gods but three offices or manifestation of the same God. It is also a book of prophecy, fulfillment and history showing us that there is a law in nature that always repeats itself. It also reveals to us what goes on in the spirit world,that there are two worlds the world seen and the world unseen. It also reveals seven dimensions [1] Light,[2] Matter [3]Time [4] Radio and Television which is the recording dimension [5] the region of the lost [6] the region of the bless and [7] where God sit on his throne. It's a complete book, it does'nt need any thing else to be added to it, because there is a curse for adding or taking any thing away from it. God Bless You

P S Constructive criticism please, Thank You.

11 years ago

religions killed Jesus and his mensage, Jesus was one of the great rebels in history his divinity exists on his humanity, just try to follow his example.
Punks not dead! oi!oi!

11 years ago

I was reading all the comments, and was so sadden to read that no one defended the bible and the Lord Jesus Christ who was so viciously attacked by this documentary, which was another attempt to crucify and to assassinate the character of my lovely Lord and Savior, who died one of the most brutal death to save mankind from their sinful nature that the devil trap them into, but as the scripture said,"this is the condemnation that light is come into the world, but man rather darkness more then light, because their deeds are evil, and that evil means: loving their religious works more than the reveal truth and just like Cain they are being marked and separated from the present of God. Now just to think of not being able, to live in the present of God, at the end of your earthly journey, is something that the human mind will never be able to conceptualize, because only God can reveal that to them.
Having said that, I will like to shed some light on some things. One of the reason why the bible is such a hated book is that it is the only book that exposes the devil, his origin, his five I wills and his destruction and the book of Job ch.1 in the bible shows the full characteristics of the devil and how destructive he is, and the only life that can overcome the devil is the life of Christ, because the life of Christ is an overcoming life, that overcame hell, death and the grave. Now hell was not created for man, hell was created for the devil and his angles, but man is given a choice between eternal life and death, which is eternal separation from God, but some men will always choose death above life, because the devil blinds their mind from the truth. That why the bible ends with the devil and those who was deceive by him in the lake of fire.

11 years ago

I most certainly agree with your comments tariqxl. As an atheist I still enjoy the history of religion and how it affects mankind, despite all religions being based on myths, hearsay and fairy tales. The more I learn about religions the more I understand why I am a non-believer of any gods. My morality comes from common sense, not from something as lame as most of the Bible's ten commandments. As a humanist, I add my favorite Humanist Commandment which reads: "Use neither lies nor spiritual doctrine, nor temporal power to dominate and exploit others." A second humanist commandment: "Develop one's intelligence and talents through education and effort, in order to reach fulfillment and happiness, for the betterment of humanity and of future generations." As a finishing line; Next time a group of delusional people want to create a religion, make sure you bring a camera to show us your miracles.

11 years ago

In any events, the more I hear about religion, the more it appears to be sort of an enigma that only the so-called Gnostics in a transe can figure out.
Once they're out of their transe, they simply fogot!

There's ough to be some sort of God but it sure is none of the any religion may teach.

The only thing that comes to my mind is those tricksters mentionned in a general docu about the history of religion where those "Tricksters" organised tricks in public in order to get the peoples to beleive that the "Trick" was a phenomenon from a given God.
They show the relics of these magician "Tricks" in that docu.

These contractor magician were hired by emperors or their government.
I don't remember which docu it was...

Not much of a great evolution for humankind in that everyday life.
Since all of these "Holy Books" were manipulatedto the same degree as the official Gov. 9/11 comission was, we're sure are on our own.
And that is what human beings are already doing.


11 years ago

The gospels which made it into the canon say nothing about Jesus’ formative years, but the proto or infancy gospels, all from the second century and all apocryphal, do. It’s a shame these were not mentioned in this documentary which was otherwise informative if somewhat repetitious. I will focus on two:

In the Infancy Gospel of Thomas (not to be confused with the Gospel of Thomas treated in considerable detail in the documentary), the child Jesus breathes life into a dried fish which fares better than three humans (two children and a teacher) whom the child Jesus slays for one puerile reason or another and does not bother to resurrect. But all ends happily for eventually Jesus stops acting like a spoiled brat.

The earliest source of virgin birth is not in the canon, but in the apocryphal Infancy Gospel of James (which James is uncertain), the same gospel which apparently inspired the concept of the Immaculate Conception enunciated by Pius IX in 1854. This is a marvelous piece of storytelling which has Jesus born in a cave and hidden in a feeding trough from the wrath of Herod (who must have been about 5 at the time). But by far the best narrative relates to Jesus’ birth. Right after Jesus is born, a disbelieving midwife named Salome performs a virginity check on Mary and as a result, suffers severe burns on her hand (fingers) which are healed as soon as she professes her belief in the divinity of the child.

Think of what it would have done for (or preferably against) Christianity had these works been included.

All this and more can be found in “Lost Scriptures” by Bart Ehrman who appeared all too briefly in this documentary. I also recommend his other works such as “Misquoting Jesus,” “Fraud” and especially “Lost Christianities.”

11 years ago

This guys clothing style truly throws me off...

11 years ago

"He kissed her on her ______ many times."

I'm curious as to why he decided the missing word is mouth. Why not forehead or hand? His jumping to conclusions makes him lose credibility to me. I don't care either way, I just thought it was an interesting stretch.

11 years ago

I like watching documentaries like this sheerly because it teaches us about history and the social structuring and psychology of people living in antiquity. But it has to hit you just how pathetically nimble our species is that through out our history we've changed beliefs and deities to suit what we want out of a god. Whats worse is we can see this in effect yet still believe these stories. It makes me hang my head in shame at how after 2000 years of supposed growth, learning and understanding we still allow fairy tales to shape us as a society.

11 years ago

last comment.
the lost gospels?, i thought they all were lost.

11 years ago

wow jesus is f**n brilliant.

gospel of thomas.
"if something is in you and you bring it forth it will save you.
if something is in you and you do not bring it forth it will destroy you"

WOW!! 'something'..... what does jesus mean by something???

hey now its my turn to play.
'if somewhere, someone does something. then they will be blessed.
however when nothing is done by someone in no time then they will be destroyed'.

pearls of wisdom are fun to make up. .

11 years ago

Hahah I should've waited till the end of the docu to say the part about whether or not he believes it personally or not.

11 years ago

Love the fact that there's music from "Kingdom Of Heaven" at 59:50.
But this was actually a very well put together documentary with very compelling evidence, and I enjoy the fact that this is all put together by an actual priest and a lot of what he is saying does go against common beliefs of today, now whether or not he believes them is a question I cant answer, But I like the fact that he's not being so narrow minded as a lot of people are or perceive the church to be. I'm not exactly a religious person myself, but i hate ignorance, and not the unintentional kind, but the neglectful kind. I love watching documentaries of this kind because they make people think more and question a lot of their fundamental ideas.

11 years ago

If you have enjoyed this documentary, watch the 2003/7 History Channel's Books "Banned From The Bible" series.

PART ONE covers The Life of Adam and Eve; The Book of Enoch; The Book of Jubilees; The Infancy Gospel of Thomas; Proto-Gospel of James; The Gnostic Scriptures of Nag Hammadi; The Gospel of Mary; The Gospel of Nicodemus; The Apocalypse of Peter and Gnostic Apocalypse of Peter.

PART TWO covers The Testament of Solomon; The Zohar (The Book of Splendor); The Alphabet of Ben-Sira; Joseph and Aseneth; The Septuagint; Bel and the Dragon; The Acts of Peter; The Acts of Paul and Thecla; Mar Saba letter and The Secret Gospel of Mark and The Gospel of Judas.

11 years ago

no fact outside Archetypal understanding in and of its self contains no fact.

11 years ago

A documentary every fundamentalist could learn from--if only these creatures had the ability to learn

11 years ago

Wow this was so interesting. As an athiest this makes some great ammo >:)

11 years ago

Just solar mythology nothing more nothing less. The books they chose to put in the bible were nothing more but to control the weak, Goddamn they did a good job!

11 years ago

good show.

...and let the bible thumper' s attack begin...

11 years ago

So if religious books were cherry picked for inclusion and exclusion, does the sequencing of the books in the Bible reveal anything of significance, similar to ShakesPEARe's plays in the four folio editions, which were clearly not printed in chronological order?

If there was an Old Test and a New Test, can a correlation be drawn between the first four books in the Old Test: Gene, Exodus, Levi and Numbers versus the New Test of Math, Mark, Look and John?

In those days, Samurai Sudoku, Cryptic Crosswords and join the dots had no audience, so the only channel of puzzlement would have been through old manuscripts, such as the Bible. Time to watch..............

Mário Silvério
11 years ago

This doc its a reminder to all of us, that no matter what personal view we have about religion and the bible in particular, the most important fact is that what has reached us today, is a product of mans imagination, understanding, and most importantly, the spoils of a war of words and concepts.

A good watch if your mind (soul to some), is open to new understandings and challenges.