The New Testament of the Christian Bible is commenced with four Gospels: Matthew's, Mark's, Luke's, and John's. Early church tradition has taught us that Matthew and John's Gospels were written by two of the twelve apostles bearing the name of their writings- Matthew "the tax collector"(Matt. 9:9), and John "one of the sons of Zebedee" or "the one whom Jesus loved" (Mark. 3:17).

The authors of the Gospels of Mark and Luke do not claim to be apostles, but were indispensable with the veracity they brought towards recording the life and Christ and his followers. Early church tradition holds the author of The Gospel of Mark to be John Mark, a fellow missionary with Paul and Barnabas(Acts 12:12,25) and the one who essentially wrote Peter's account of the life of Jesus and his followers, and the Gospel of Luke to be written by Luke "the physician" (Col. 4:14) and follower of Paul.

Do we have any other writings from these men or writings purported to be from these men outside of the New Testament? (Acts, Revelation, 1,2,3 John etc., do not count as they are included in the NT)

The writings provided do not need to be an exhaustive list


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There is Secret Mark. Its authenticity is debatable, but it purports to be the advanced version of the Gospel of Mark.


There is a collection of writings labeled The Nag Hammadi Library which were discovered in Egypt in 1945. This include the Apocryphon (or Secret Book) of John. Many of these books are suspected of being gnostic. You did specify "purported" books were to be included.

  • I did specify purported books indeed. However, you have provided only a single writing. The question asks for "writings." Please add at least one other original or purported writing apart from the aforementioned "secret gospel of Mark" in Bradimus' answer. In doing so would not be genuine to the integrity of the question. Sep 27, 2017 at 22:25
  • If you are looking for a list, bradimus and I have supplied you with two. One plus one equals two.
    – Pilgrim
    Sep 27, 2017 at 22:30
  • I am looking for a good answer that follows the guidelines of the question yours does not, plain and simple. Also, if you'd read the entirety of the question, you'd see i'm not looking for a list. Sep 27, 2017 at 22:34

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