Category Archives: Infancy Gospels

2017 ISBL Preview: “‘Arabic’ Infancy Gospel No More”

I am about to depart for the 2017 International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Berlin. Slavomír Céplö and I will be presenting at the first of four Christian Apocrypha sessions; for a full listing of the Christian … Continue reading

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Christian Apocrypha at Christmas

Here is a roundup of the recent popular-media articles on Christian Apocrypha and their influence on the Christmas story: “Was Baby Jesus a Holy Terror?” by Candida Moss (The Daily Beast). “The Woman Missing From Your Nativity Set” by Douglas … Continue reading

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New Testament Apocrypha Course: Reflections on Week Two

This week’s class focused on Infancy Gospels, with particular emphasis on the Infancy Gospel of James and the Infancy Gospel of Thomas, the earliest examples of this literature. We began, however, with a discussion of the infancy narratives of Matthew … Continue reading

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New in Print: Infancy Gospel of Thomas Reader

Hadavas, Constantine T. The Infancy Gospel of Thomas: An Intermediate Ancient Greek Reader (Beloit, WI: CreateSpace, 2014). Hadavas is Chair of the Department of Classics at Beloit College. I’m interested in seeing what Greek text he is using (likely it … Continue reading

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New Article on Depictions of Children in Apocryphal Infancy Gospels

A special issue of the journal Studies in Religion/ Sciences Religieuses focused on children in early Christianity includes my brief article “Depictions of Children in the Apocryphal Infancy Gospels” (p. 388-400). The abstract is below. The apocryphal infancy gospels (such … Continue reading

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The Nativity in Social Media

Grrr. Sorry, I don't know how to embed the video, but here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkHNNPM7pJA&lr=1.

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Revelation of the Magi in BAR

The latest issue of Biblical Archeology Review (Nov./Dec. 2011) has a feature on the Revelation of the Magi, a text published in English for the first time by Brent Landau last year. An excerpt from the story is available on-line … Continue reading

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The Revelation of the Magi

November sees the release of a new book by Brent Landau (University of Oklahoma) on a rarely-studied CA text. Revelation of the Magi: The Lost Tale of the Wise Men’s Journey to Bethlehem (from Harper Collins) features an English translation … Continue reading

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The Young Jesus Chronicles

James McGrath via Mark Goodacre drew my attention to The Young Jesus Chronicles, a cartoon collection by Spencer Smith and Mark Penta. You can preview the book at their homepage.

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Conference on Infancy Gospels

The Infancy Gospels Research Program is hosting three conferences in Switzerland this fall. You can check out the program HERE. The events feature surprisingly few North American scholars and also little on apocryphal texts (though see the final day, which … Continue reading

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The Childhood of Jesus from the Acts of Andrew and Matthias

I mentioned some time ago a discussion with A. Vinogradov about a manuscript of the Acts of Andrew and Matthias that features a summary of the life of Jesus. Included in this summary are three episodes from the Infancy Gospel … Continue reading

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New Developments in the Syriac Tradition of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas II

Several months ago I posted an item here on the start of my investigation into the Syriac tradition of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas (available HERE). Since then I have made significant progress in obtaining manuscripts and have begun collating … Continue reading

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Deciphering Christian Apocrypha Palimpsests

Recently I finished reading Reviel Netz’s and William Noel’s The Archimedes Codex: Revealing the Secrets of the World’s Greatest Palimpsest. The book details the acquisition of a thirteenth-century Christian prayer book that contains, as its underwriting, several works by the … Continue reading

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A New “Critical Translation” of the Infancy Gospel of Thomas

I have added to my Infancy Gospel of Thomas page a critical translation of the gospel. As I state in the introduction to the text, the translation is based primarily on the best of our Greek manuscripts (Cod. Sabaiticus 259 … Continue reading

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Anne Rice’s Christ the Lord to Become a Film

In Fall 2008 moviegoers will be able to see a film adaptation of Anne Rice’s Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt (read the press release HERE). I read the book soon after its release and made some notes on its … Continue reading

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