The Infancy Gospels of Jesus: Apocryphal Tales from the Childhoods of Mary and Jesus--Annotated & Explained

The Infancy Gospels of Jesus: Apocryphal Tales from the Childhoods of Mary and Jesus--Annotated & Explained

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594733611
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 06/30/2011
Series: SkyLight Illuminations
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Stevan Davies is professor of religious studies at Misericordia University and has studied the non-canonical gospels and acts for over thirty years. Among his books are The Gospel of Thomas: Annotated and Explained, The Secret Book of John: The Gnostic Gospel—Annotated and Explained (both SkyLight Paths) and The Revolt of the Widows: The Social World of the Apocryphal Acts. He has also published books about the canonical Christian scriptures including New Testament Fundamentals and Jesus the Healer: Possession, Trance and the Origins of Christianity. His website ( is a leading Internet resource on the Gospel of Thomas.

A. Edward Siecienski, PhD is assistant professor of philosophy at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and also serves as Clement and Helen Pappas Professor of Byzantine Civilization and Religion at the college's Interdisciplinary Center for Hellenic Studies.

Table of Contents

Foreword by A. Edward Siecienski, PhD
Introduction: Tales from the Childhood of Mary and Jesus

The Gospel of James
Joachim and Anne: The Gift of Mary
Mary: The Story of Her Birth
Mary: Raised in Blessing and Purity
Joseph: Mary's Protector
Mary: Miraculous Conception
Joseph and Mary: Accused and Tested
Mary and Joseph: The Christmas Story
The Magi: In Search of a King
Herod: The Murder of Zechariah

The Gospel of the Infancy
A Cave, Not a Stable: The Nativity Story
A Sinful Mary and the Anointing of Christ
Jesus in the Temple
The Magi and Herod: Varying Views of Jesus
Into Egypt: The Holy Family in Flight
Exorcising a Deaf and Dumb Demon 83
The Bridegroom Mule: A Brother Restore
Bandits: In Them, Jesus Sees His Destiny 93
Balsams in His Path: The Holy Child Return
The Co-Wife’s Punishment
Satan’s Bite: The Young Judas Iscariot
Divine Mischief: The Boy Jesus at Play
The King, Christ and a Snake

The Infancy Gospel of Thomas
The Introduction to the Gospel of Thomas
Clay Sparrows: A Dark Miracle
The Vengeful Boy: Christ in Conflict
The Young Healer Explores His Powers
Divine Carpenter: Jesus Adjusts His Elder’s Mistakes
The Pupil Teaches His Teacher
The Miraculous Physician
In the House of My Father: Jesus in the Temple

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