I am trying to put an estimation together of how much of the bible we have today. I know that there are multiple books missing from the bible.

1 Chr 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, (KJV)

Num. 21:14 Wherefore it is said in the book of the wars of the Lord, What he did in the Red sea, and in the brooks of Arnon, (KJV)

Further examples are in Jos 10:13, 1 Kng 11:41, 2 Chr 9:29 12:15 20:34 33:19, 1 Cor 5:9, and Jude 1:14.

My question is which books of the Bible are quoted by other books outside of their own pages, and how many times each?

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    biblegateway.com better start searching ☺
    – LCIII
    Dec 1, 2014 at 18:52
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    "I know that there are multiple books missing from the bible." You are making the assumption that any literature referenced in the Bible is inspired. This is not necessarily true.
    – Ryan
    Dec 1, 2014 at 19:18
  • It may not have been inspired, but it was obviously important enough to be quoted. I am just making an estimation. No need to complicate this with technicalities.And if they are declared written by a prophet I do assume that means they are inspired.
    – atherises
    Dec 1, 2014 at 19:19
  • "There are multiple books missing from the Bible" doesn't describe the situation well. What is true is that "the books in our Bible sometimes make reference to other books that are not in the Bible". Dec 2, 2014 at 14:28

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If you are interested in an exhaustive listing of every verse quoted from the Old Testament in the New Testament (OT books quoted outside of their pages - in the NT), then I recommend looking here:

Parallel Passages in New Testament Quoted from Old Testament enter image description here

The list contains not only the direct or indirect citations, but also the allusions which are particularly worthy of attention: and the passages are given in the order of the Books of the New Testament. (The list has been divided up into five parts to decrease the download time.)

There is also the: Analytical Table and Harmony of the Mosaic Law, Prophecies in the Pentateuch and Historical Books (vvs. prophecy was given & vvs. it was fulfilled), and Probable Occasion When Each Psalm Was Composed that are of notable interest.

If you are asking about scriptures quoted that don't appear anywhere else in the Bible, see the listing below.

Lost books

The so-called lost books of the Bible are those documents that are mentioned in the Bible in such a way that it is evident they were considered authentic and valuable but that are not found in the Bible today. Sometimes called missing scripture, they consist of at least the following:

To these rather clear references to inspired writings other than our current Bible may be added another list that has allusions to writings that may or may not be contained within our present text but may perhaps be known by a different title; for example,

  • the book of the covenant (Ex. 24:7) which may or may not be included in the current book of Exodus.
  • the manner of the kingdom, written by Samuel (1 Sam. 10:25)
  • the rest of the acts of Uzziah written by Isaiah (2 Chr. 26:22)

More at www.lds.org/scriptures/bd/lost-books
Blue Letter Bible Study Resources: Charts and Outlines

  • Perfect. This is a great answer. I am not only looking for the new testament quoting the old, but also the old testament quoting books around it. Basically every time in the bible a book is quoted outside of it's own pages.
    – atherises
    Dec 1, 2014 at 19:49
  • Perfect. The only thing left that I need is how many times each book was quoted outside of it's pages (OT and NT) and I will accept it.
    – atherises
    Dec 1, 2014 at 20:16
  • @atherises - You may find that numbering how many times each book has been quoted in other books may turn into a matter of interpretation/opinion. I imagine you'll eventually run into situations where some scholars will disagree on whether one passage is referencing another. As noted in the chart above, the number of times the OT was quoted in the NT is 855, or 845 according to Johnson.
    – ShemSeger
    Dec 1, 2014 at 20:23
  • Ok cool thanks. I guess I will come to my own conclusion on that one.
    – atherises
    Dec 1, 2014 at 20:26
  • @ShemSeger. Supercool answer. Dec 4, 2014 at 18:57

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