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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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The Infancy Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew

False GospelThis text attempts to fill in details of Jesus’ childhood. In ancient times this document was known as “The Book About the Origin of the Blessed Mary and the Childhood of the Savior”. It appears to be a collection of fragments or excerpts. It begins with what purports to be a letter from Jerome which attempts to validate the earlier apocryphal Infancy Gospels by claiming that this text was recently discovered and written by the Apostle Matthew in Hebrew. Scholars reject the authenticity of these opening letters.

Scholars have determined that the excerpts for this text were collected and assembled between the 8th and 9th centuries. It is based on two known pieces of fiction (the Infancy Gospel of James and the Infancy Gospel of Thomas) and is also very similar to the Arabic Gospel of the Infancy, another known fraudulent apocryphal document. Like other documents of this type, the Infancy Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew venerates Mary to an extraordinary level, borrowing from the Infancy Gospel of James to describe her childhood and dedication.

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