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Old Testament References To “Books” Not In The Bible


The following are some of the "Books of the Bible" that are not actually in the Bible.  The are mentioned, but were not actually added into the canonized bible for whatever purpose.  This is NOT a whole inclusive listings. 


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The Old Testament is otherwise known as the Hebrew Bible, The Tanakh, or the Protocanonical books.

  • The Book of Jasher (whose title fully translated means the Book of the Upright or the Book of the Just) is mentioned in Joshua 10:13 and 2 Samuel 1:18. From the context in the Book of Samuel it is implied that it was a collection of poetry. Several books have claimed to be this lost text, but are widely discounted as pseudepigrapha.

  • The Book of the Wars of the Lord[1]

Referenced at Numbers 21:14.

  • Several works of Solomon: 2,135 proverbs; 1,003 songs; and a manual on botany.

Referenced at 1Kings 4:32.

  • The Chronicles of the Kings of Israel and Chronicles of the Kings of Judah are mentioned in the Books of Kings (1 Kings 14:19, 14:29). They are said to tell of events during the reigns of Kings Jeroboam of Israel and Rehoboam of Judah, respectively. The Chronicles of the Kings of Israel is again mentioned in 1 Kings 16:20 regarding King Zimri, and many other times throughout 1 and 2 Kings. It is reasonable to assume that these are, in fact, the books of 1 & 2 Chronicles.

  • "The Book of Shemaiah the prophet, and of Iddo the Seer" (also called Story of the Prophet Iddo or The Annuals of the Prophet Iddo) is mentioned in the book of 2nd Chronicles. (II Chr 9:29, 12:15, 13:22). Iddo was a seer who lived during the reigns of Solomon, Rehoboam, and Abijah. His deeds were recorded in this book, which has been completely lost to history, excepting its title. However, it is interesting to note that Zechariah was the son of Iddo (Ezra 5:1, Zechariah 1:1)

  • The Manner of the Kingdom[2]

Referenced at 1Samuel 10:25.

Referenced at 1Kings 11:41.

Referenced at 1Chronicles 27:24.

Referenced at 1Chronicles 29:29.

Referenced at 1Chronicles 29:29, and also 2Chronicles 9:29.

Referenced at 1Chronicles 29:29.

Referenced at 2Chronicles 9:29.

Referenced in 2Chronicles 16:11, 2Chronicles 27:7 and 2Chronicles 32:32. Might be the same as 1 & 2 Kings.

Referenced at 2Chronicles 20:34.

Referenced at 2Chronicles 24:27.

Referenced at 2Chronicles 26:22.

Referenced at 2Chronicles 32:32.

Referenced at 2Chronicles 33:18.

Referenced at 2Chronicles 33:19.

Referenced at 2Chronicles 35:25.

  • The Chronicles of King Ahasuerus[13] or The Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Media and Persia</ref> Perhaps the same as 1 & 2 Chronicles.

Referenced at Esther 2:23, Esther 6:1, Esther 10:2, and Nehemiah 12:23.

Apocrypha/Deuterocanonical References

Book of Tobit

Sirach[15] (verse numbers vary slightly between versions)

2 Maccabees

New Testament References

Nestle's Greek New Testament lists some 132 New Testament passages that appear to be verbal allusions to paracanonical books.[17]

Pagan authors quoted or alluded to:[18][19]

Non canonical books quoted or alluded to:[18]