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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

Stevan Davies

| SkyLight Paths | 2009

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The three principal infancy gospels—the Infancy Gospel of James, the Gospel of the Infancy, and the Infancy Gospel of Thomas—describe the births and early lives of Mary the Virgin Mother and Jesus. Originating in the second through fifth centuries, these apocryphal stories reveal the beliefs and storytelling of early Christians and contain the origin of Christian legends and some of Christianity’s beloved heroes and heroines.

Go deep into early Christian ideas of Mary’s purity, as well as the prayers, feasts, and iconic representations that celebrate her life. These extraordinary folktales also provide some shocking imagery of the young Jesus, the incarnation of God—equally human and divine as he learns to control his supernatural powers and use them for good.

Experience the mystery and amusement of these charming folktales without any previous knowledge of early Christian history or thought. This SkyLight Illuminations edition offers insightful yet unobtrusive commentary that explains references and philosophical terms, shares inspiring interpretations, and gives you a deeper understanding of the sources of devotion Christians feel for Mary and the holy infant Jesus.

Author Bio

Stevan Davies is professor of religious studies at Misericordia University and has studied the non-canonical gospels and acts for over 30 years. He is the author of The Gospel of Thomas: Annotated and ExplainedThe Secret Book of John: The Gnostic Gospel—Annotated and Explained, and The Revolt of the Widows: The Social World of the Apocryphal Acts.

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  1. SkyLight Paths Illuminations Series (46 vols.)