By Reynold Feldman

An anthology of people sayings and proverbs from all over the world, prepared in a hundred alphabetized different types for simple reference. This treasury of proverbial knowledge makes a terrific present publication and a convenient reference for audio system and writers.

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These Gospels, he tells her, have been discovered in relatively recent times, in the archaeological finds of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the documents unearthed near Nag Hammadi, Egypt. These, he indicates, are among the earliest surviving Gospel accounts of Jesus and can be used to correct the canonical view of him as divine. Are these assertions about the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi Library (as it is called) true? Or are they parts of the fiction of The Da Vinci Code? Consider Teabing’s words to Sophie: “Fortunately for historians,” Teabing said, “some of the gospels that Constantine attempted to eradicate managed to survive.

2 When disasters struck towns, cities, or regions in the second and third Christian centuries, it could easily be believed that it was the Christians who were at fault. This sometimes led to mob violence against the Christians. And when that got out of hand, 8 CONSTANTINE , THE NEW TESTAMENT , AND OTHER GOSPELS sometimes the Roman administrators had to intervene and apply official pressure to Christians to get them to recant their belief in the Christian God and to worship the pagan gods in the ways appropriate to them.

7) The Vatican had nothing to do with covering up either of these discoveries. That is not to say that the discoveries of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi Library are of no importance for the understanding of the historical Jesus and the stories told about him. Quite the contrary: both discoveries were immensely important, but not for the reasons that Teabing presents. To get a full appreciation of the importance of these findings, we need to consider them separately, starting with the more famous of the two, the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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