BOOK REVIEW: The Words of Gad the Seer – Jewish Bible QuarterlyPrevious Questions and Answers. What happened to the books of Nathan and Gad? I Chr. Have these books never been found? Is the Bible really complete without them?
Do the “records of Samuel, Nathan, and Gad” still exist?
They may be the same text, but they are sometimes distinguished from one another. No such text is found anywhere in the Tanakh , so it is presumed to have been lost or removed from earlier texts. The Book is described at 1 Chronicles :. Now the acts of David the king, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Samuel the seer , and in the book of Nathan the prophet , and in the book of Gad the seer. These writings of Nathan and Gad may have been included in 1 and 2 Samuel. The History is described in 2 Chronicles :. Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and last, are they not written in the history of Nathan the prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo the seer against Jeroboam the son of Nebat?
There are no surviving copies of the actual books listed there in Chronicles. They are in many cases the product of the same kind of research that goes into scholarly historical works today. The Rev. Christopher R. Smith is an an ordained minister, a writer, and a biblical scholar. He was active in parish and student ministry for twenty-five years. He was a consulting editor to the International Bible Society now Biblica for The Books of the Bible, an edition of the New International Version NIV that presents the biblical books according to their natural literary outlines, without chapters and verses.
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The Book of Gad the Seer is a presumed lost text , supposed to have been written by the Biblical prophet Gad , which is mentioned at 1 Chronicles The passage reads: "Now the acts of David the king, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of Samuel the seer , and in the book of Nathan the prophet , and in the book of Gad the seer. There is a pseudepigraphic book by the same title, extant in the form of a manuscript from the Black Jews of Cochin, India. The manuscript now in the Cambridge Library is a relatively recent 19th century copy. According to Solomon Schechter, this manuscript is copied from a document purporting to be from Rome, and the late linguistic forms and features of the Hebrew manuscript, as well as its substantial similarity with some medieval Kabbalistic literature and some aspects of Christianity, indicate a relatively late date.