Book of Nathan the Prophet

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The Book of Nathan the Prophet and the History of Nathan the Prophet are among the lost books of the Tanakh, attributed to the Biblical prophet Nathan. 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 29:29:

"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.[1]

This text is sometimes called Nathan the Prophet or The Acts of Nathan the Prophet.[2] It is distinguished from a similar text referenced in 2 Chronicles, The History of Nathan the Prophet, which may both refer to the identical text.

History of Nathan the Prophet[edit]

The History is described in 2 Chronicles 9:29:

"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?"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Apologetics Press - The Canon and Extra-Canonical Writings
  2. ^ Apologetics Press - Are There Lost Books of the Bible?