By J. K. Elliott
This available choice of an important and critical of the extraordinary and sometimes strange apocryphal tales surrounding the lifetime of Jesus and the Early Church has demonstrated a name as a useful creation to the style of Christian apocryphal literature. J. ok. Elliott essentially explains the scholarly significance of the style and introduces every one component to texts as regards to biblical texts and later church background. tales present in this option comprise Jesus' beginning in a cave, his youth escapades, his mystery sayings, and his descent to the underworld; the torments in Hell; Saint Paul baptizing a lion; the dying of Pontius Pilate and Saint Peter being crucified the other way up. those all come from early Christian legends which failed to get into the Bible, but have had a profound impression on paintings, literature, and theology from the second one century throughout the center a long time or even glossy occasions. a number of the tales incorporated right here, in particular these related to the Virgin Mary, have affected issues of doctrine; others have stimulated the church's educating at the after existence, while from the apocryphal Acts there are the superior examples of debts of the lives of Christianity's earliest saints
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2. And behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, 'Do not fear this child. For that which is in her is of the Holy Spirit. ' And Joseph arose from sleep and glorified the God of Israel who had bestowed his grace upon him, and he guarded her. 15. 1. ' And Annas turned and saw that Mary was pregnant. 2. ' And the officers went and found as he had said, and brought her and Joseph to the court. And the priest said, 'Mary, why have you done this? Why have you humiliated your soul and forgotten the Lord your God, you who were brought up in the Holy of Holies and received food from the hand of an angel, and heard hymns, and danced before him?
In the Protevangelium Joseph is elected as the ward of the 12-year-old Mary by the priests, who up to that time had maintained her in the Temple. He reluctantly accepts the wardship. Joseph in this story is no mere carpenter but a wealthy contractor. Having returned from a sojourn inspecting his building works, he finds his charge pregnant. To exonerate himself from culpability in the eyes of the priests Joseph submits himself to a 'trial of bitter water'. Mary, to avoid shame, does likewise. This story of the truth-revealing drink administered by the priests is bizarre, but the intention and the effect of it is to prove the parents' honesty.
1. 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. 2. On the child's first birthday Joachim made a great feast, and invited the chief priests and the priests and the scribes and the elders and all the people of Israel.
The Apocryphal Jesus: Legends of the Early Church by J. K. Elliott