By James Keith Elliott
Early Christians outfitted at the tales of Jesus' and Mary’s start and adolescence. Their later money owed, a lot of them came upon these days between collections of non-canonical ('apocryphal') texts, are very important and fascinating. they offer insights into the expansion of Christian theology, particularly about the position and standing of Mary, and likewise the way the earliest tales have been elaborated and interpreted in renowned folks religion.
A variety of the earliest bills is gifted the following in clean translations. This moment variation comprises a few texts initially in quite a few diverse 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, with a purpose to enable readers to match texts and to work out the variations and similarities among them.
J.K. Elliott has chosen and organized the texts, and he presents introductory and concluding chapters. He additionally contains a complete and valuable bibliography to learn readers who may need to pursue this comparative learn extra deeply.
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F F Mary at Six Months Protev. 6:1 E Day by day the child grew strong; when she was six months old her mother stood her on the ground to see if she could stand. And she walked seven steps and came to her bosom. ’ And she made a sanctuary in her bedroom and did not permit anything common or unclean to pass through it. And she summoned the undeﬁled daughters of the Hebrews, and they served her. G Armenian 2 (9) E And the child Mary grew and increased in wisdom. And when she became six months old, her mother let her walk.
Mary ’ s Birth and Upbringing H 35 The Presentation of Mary in the Temple Protev. 7 G The months passed, and the child grew. ’ And they did so until they had gone up to the Temple of the Lord. ’ And he placed her on the third step of the altar, and the Lord God put grace upon her and she danced with her feet, and the whole house of Israel loved her. I(i) Ps-Matthew 4–5 E And having weaned her in her third year, Joachim, and Anna his wife, went together to the Temple of the Lord to oﬀer sacriﬁces to God, and placed the infant, Mary by name, in the community of virgins, in which the virgins remained day and night praising God.
E Liber Flavus 18 (cf. ‘J’ Compilation 15) C On the morrow he went to the Temple to sacrifice and to confess. And the people and God were pleased with him in every way. He went to his house and remained for nine months along with Anna. E E Mary’s Birth Protev. 5:2 D And her months were fulﬁlled; in the ninth month Anna gave birth. ’ And she lay down. And when the days were completed, Anna puriﬁed herself and gave suck to the child, and called her Mary. F Ps-Matthew 4 C After these things, her nine months being fulﬁlled, Anna brought forth a daughter, and called her Mary.