The Infancy Gospels of Jesus

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  • Copyright: 2009-05-01
  • Publisher: Skylight Paths Pub
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The three principal infancy gospels¿The Infancy Gospel of James, the Book of Joseph the High Priest, and the Infancy Gospel of Thomas¿are accounts of the birth and early life of Mary and of the birth and early life of Jesus. These apocryphal stories are fictions but nevertheless of great historical interest in terms of the beliefs and storytelling of early Christians, as they are the sources of well-known Christian legends as well as some of Christianity¿s beloved heroes and heroines.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. v
Introduction: Tales from the Childhood of Mary and Jesusp. ix
The Gospel of Jamesp. 1
Joachim and Anne: The Gift of Maryp. 3
Mary: The Story of Her Birthp. 9
Mary: Raised in Blessing and Purityp. 13
Joseph: Mary's Protectorp. 19
Mary: Miraculous Conceptionp. 29
Joseph and Mary: Accused and Testedp. 33
Mary and Joseph: The Christmas Storyp. 41
The Magi: In Search of a Kingp. 53
Herod: The Murder of Zechariahp. 57
The Gospel of the Infancyp. 63
A Cave, Not a Stable: The Nativity Storyp. 65
A Sinful Mary and the Anointing of Christp. 71
Jesus in the Templep. 73
The Magi and Herod: Varying Views of Jesusp. 75
Into Egypt: The Holy Family in Flightp. 77
Exorcising a Deaf and Dumb Demonp. 83
The Bridegroom Mule: A Brother Restoredp. 87
Bandits: In Them, Jesus Sees His Destinyp. 93
Balsams in His Path: The Holy Child Returnsp. 95
The Co-Wife's Punishmentp. 97
Satan's Bite: The Young Judas Iscariotp. 101
Divine Mischief: The Boy Jesus at Playp. 103
The King, Christ and a Snakep. 107
The Infancy Gospel of Thomasp. 111
The Introduction to the Gospel of Thomasp. 113
Clay Sparrows: A Dark Miraclep. 115
The Vengeful Boy: Christ in Conflictp. 119
The Young Healer Explores His Powersp. 125
Divine Carpenter: Jesus Adjusts His Elder's Mistakesp. 127
The Pupil Teachers His Teacherp. 129
The Miraculous Physicianp. 133
In the House of My Father: Jesus in the Templep. 135
Notesp. 138
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 140
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