The reading of these books are interesting as a matter of course. All who in any way are attracted by the personage of Jesus are interested to know any stories that may have grown up about him. History may be true, but tradition is even truer. History records what has been, but tradition records what ought to have been. —adapted from the Introduction
First issued in 1926, this is the most popular collection of apocryphal and pseudepigraphal literature ever published. Here, in one place, are the infancy gospels, the letter of Jesus to Abgarus, the Gospel of Nicodemus, the legends of Paul and Thecla, the epistles of Clement and Barnabus, the Shepherd of Hermas, the Books of Adam and Eve, the Secrets of Enoch, the Psalms and Odes of Solomon, the testaments of the patriarchs, and many more ancient books which were highly revered, but ultimately left out of the Bible.