A Synopsis of the Apocryphal Nativity and Infancy by James Keith Elliott

By James Keith Elliott

Early Christians outfitted at the tales of Jesus' and Mary's delivery and youth. Their later bills, lots of them stumbled on these days between collections of non-canonical ('apocryphal') texts, are very important and fascinating. they offer insights into the expansion of Christian theology, specially in regards to the position and standing of Mary, and in addition the way the earliest tales have been elaborated and interpreted in well known people faith. more than a few the earliest money owed is gifted right here in clean translations. This moment version comprises a few texts initially in numerous various languages corresponding to Armenian, Ethiopic, Coptic and Irish, no longer to be had on the time of the 1st version. The texts are prepared in small devices and synoptically, so as to allow readers to match texts and to determine the diversities and similarities among them. J.K. Elliott has chosen and organized the texts, and he offers introductory and concluding chapters. He additionally features a complete and valuable bibliography to profit readers who might need to pursue this comparative learn extra deeply.

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The annunciation 29 A. INTRODUCTORY Ps-Matthew 9:1 1M And on the second day, while Mary was at the fountain to fill her pitcher, the angel of the Lord appeared to her, saying, ‘Blessed are you, Mary; for in your womb you have prepared an habitation for the Lord. ’ B B. AN ANGEL SENT TO MARY Luke 1:26–27 1N In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

And Anna sang this song to the Lord God: ‘I will sing a hymn to the Lord my God, for he has visited me and removed from me the reproach of my enemies. And the Lord gave me the fruit of his righteousness, unique yet manifold before him. ’ And she laid her down to rest in the bedroom of her sanctuary, and went out and served them. 5 H F [Liber Flavus 24–25 (cf. ‘J’ Compilation 16)] H H. THE PRESENTATION OF MARY IN THE TEMPLE Protev. 7 G The months passed, and the child grew. When she was two years old Joachim said, ‘Let us take her up to the Temple of the Lord, so that we may fulfil the promise which we made, lest the 5 Some MSS add ‘And they gave her the name Mary because her name shall never fade’.

And she laid her down to rest in the bedroom of her sanctuary, and went out and served them. 5 H F [Liber Flavus 24–25 (cf. ‘J’ Compilation 16)] H H. THE PRESENTATION OF MARY IN THE TEMPLE Protev. 7 G The months passed, and the child grew. When she was two years old Joachim said, ‘Let us take her up to the Temple of the Lord, so that we may fulfil the promise which we made, lest the 5 Some MSS add ‘And they gave her the name Mary because her name shall never fade’. ’ And they did so until they had gone up to the Temple of the Lord.

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