Joseph Burton Lumpkin was born in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, May 25, 1955. His early years were spent under the tutelage of his grandfather, W.R. Lumpkin, a Baptist minister and former pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. There he began his study in the fields of Theology and Ministry.
Lumpkin is considered to be one of the leading scholars in the field of ancient religious texts. He has produced over a dozen books on subjects such as Gnosticism, Midrash writings, and the translation of non-canon texts. According to Lumpkin, many non-biblical works influenced modern theology. He has been referenced in such articles as Thomas the Apostle, which cites Lumpkin’s The Tao of Thomas. His book entitled The Lost Book of Enoch: A Comprehensive Transliteration is the top selling book on the subject.
Lumpkin obtained a doctorate in the field of ministry from Battlefield Baptist Institute in Mississippi in 2002 and soon after began translating and publishing ancient non-canonical texts. In 2004 he founded Fifth Estate Publishing. Fifth Estate published its 50th title in 2007.
Radio interviews on L.A. Talk Radio’s Max and Friends, It’s Rainmaking Time!™ with Kim Greenhouse, and the U.K. Program Connecting the Light have all hosted Lumpkin. Lost Books of the Bible, Angels and Demons, and other interesting subjects were discussed. Links and audio downloads are available on the “In the Media” page.
Lumpkin now resides in the state of Alabama, where he continues to teach and write.
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