Joseph B. Lumpkin
Joseph Lumpkin obtained a doctorate in the field of ministry from Battlefield Baptist Institute in Mississippi in 2002. Soon after began translating and publishing ancient non-canonical texts with the intend of bringing obscure religious knowledge to the general public in a clear and understandable form. In 2004 he founded Fifth Estate Publishing (www.fifthestatepub.com). In 2007 Fifth Estate published its 50th title. Lumpkin is considered to be one of the leading scholars in the field of ancient religious texts. He has produced 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, wherein Lumpkin's work entitled, The Tao of Thomas is cited. His books entitled The Lost Book of Enoch: A Comprehensive Transliteration, The Books of Enoch: A Complete Volume Containing 1 Enoch (The Ethiopic Book of Enoch), 2 Enoch (The Slavonic Secrets of Enoch), and 3 Enoch (The Hebrew Book of Enoch), both of which maintain positions of the top selling books on the subject.