edited by Rutherford H. Platt, Jr.
New York, N.Y.; Alpha House 
Scanned, proofed and formatted at sacred-texts.com, April 2004, by John Bruno Hare. This text
is in the public domain in the US because its copyright was not renewed in a timely fashion.
THE ORDER OF ALL THE BOOKS OF THE FORGOTTEN BOOKS OF EDEN
The First Book of Adam and Eve
The Second Book of Adam and Eve
The Secrets of Enoch
The Psalms of Solomon
The Odes of Solomon
The Letter of Aristeas
The Fourth Book of Maccabees
The Story of Ahikar
The Testament of Reuben
TODAY the medley of outward life has made a perplexity of inward life. We moderns have ruffled
our old incertitudes to an absurd point--incertitudes that are older than theology.
Not without justification have priests mounted altars for generations and cried, "Oh my soul, why
dost thou trouble me?"
We are active, restless both in body and mind. Curiosity has replaced blind faith. We go groping,
peering, searching, scornful of dogmas, back, further back to sources. And just as the physicist
thrills at the universes he discovers as he works inward in the quest of his electrons, so the
average man exults in his apprehension of fundamentals of psychology. New cults spring up,
attesting to the Truth--as they see it--countless fleets of Theism, Buchmanism, Theosophy,
Bahai'ism, etc., sail under brightly colored flags; and Atheism is flaunting itself on the horizon.
Almost the passengers have turned pilots. Everyman is thinking for himself.
The findings here--in this strange volume--bring the reader into a large inland sea, cut off from
the traffic and the tempest that have sprung up in the West; and untouched by the crosscurrents
of dogmas and presumptions that have cluttered historic centuries. Here is virgin water that
gushes, troubled by abysmal forces only, out of the very earth... [continues]
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