The Nativity Through Abrahamic Literature: Part 7: The first Infancy Narrative of Jesus

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 The Nativity Through Abrahamic Literature: Part 7: The Birth of Jesus: Luke 2:1-29

The following is post number 7 in my series, “The Nativity Through Abrahamic Literature”. This post centers around the the birth of Jesus and comes from the Gospel of Luke 2:1-20, from the New Revised Standard Version with annotations from The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version 4th ed. Edition by Michael D. Coogan

Source: The Nativity Through Abrahamic Literature: Part 7: The Birth of Jesus: Luke 2:1-29


The First Gospel of the Infancy of Christ

CHAPTER 1

The following accounts we found in the book of Joseph the high-priest, called by some Caiaphas:

2 He relates, that Jesus spake even when he was in the cradle, and said to his mother:

“3 Mary, I am Jesus the Son of God, that word which thou didst bring forth according to the declaration of the angel Gabriel to thee, and my father hath sent me for the salvation of the world.”

4 In the three hundred and ninth year of the era of Alexander, Augustus published a decree that all persons should go to be taxed in their own country. 5 Joseph therefore arose, and with Mary his spouse he went to Jerusalem, and then came to Bethlehem, that he and his family might be taxed in the city of his fathers. 6 And when they came by the cave, Mary confessed to Joseph that her time of bringing forth was come, and she could not go on to the city, and said, Let us go into this cave. 7 At that time the sun was very near going down. 8 But Joseph hastened away, that he might fetch her a mid-wife; and when he saw an old Hebrew woman who was of Jerusalem, he said to her, Pray come hither, good woman, and go into that cave, and you will there see a woman just ready to bring forth. 9 It was after sunset, when the old woman and Joseph with her reached the cave, and they both went into it. 10 And behold, it was all filled with lights, greater than the light of lamps and candles, an, greater than the light of the sun itself. 11 The infant was then wrapped up in swaddling clothes, an sucking the breasts of his mother St. Mary. 12 When they both saw this light, they were surprised; the old woman asked St. Mary, Art thou the mother of this child ? 13 St. Mary replied, She was. 14 On which the old woman said, Thou art very different from all other women. 15 St. Mary answered, As there is not any child like to my son, so neither is there any woman like to his mother. 16 The old woman answered and said, O my Lady, I am come hither that I may obtain an everlasting reward. 17 Then our Lady, St. Mary said to her, Lay thine hand upon the infant; which, when she had done, she became whole 18 And as she was going forth, she said, From henceforth, all the days of my life, I will attend upon and be a servant of this infant. 19 After this, when the shepherds came, and had made a fire and they were exceedingly rejoicing, the heavenly host appeared to them, praising and adoring the supreme God. 20 And as the shepherds we engaged in the same employment, the cave at that time seemed like a glorious temple, because both the tongues of angels and men united to adore and magnify God, on account of the birth of the Lord Christ. 21 But when the old Hebrew woman saw all these evident miracles, she gave praises to God, and said, I thank thee, O God, thou God of Israel, for that mine eyes have seen the birth of the Saviour of the world.


Exegeses: THE FIRST GOSPEL OF THE INFANCY OF JESUS CHRIST

CHAPTER 1
1. Caiaphas relates that Jesus, when in his cradle, informed his mother that he was the Son of God. 5. Joseph and Mary going to Bethlehem to be taxed, Mary’s time of bringing forth arrives, and she goes into a cave. 8. Joseph fetches in a Hebrew woman, the cave filled with great lights. 11. The infant born, 17. cures the woman, 19. arrival of the shepherds.

1. The following accounts we found in the book of Joseph the high-priest, called by some Caiaphas:

That Caiaphas was high-priest at the time of Christ’s public ministry is confirmed by Matthew 26:3, Luke 3:2, John 11:49, 18:14, and Acts 4:6.

This Gospel had been received by the Gnostics, a sect of Christians in the second century. Ocobius de Castro mentions a Gospel of Thomas (there are several books with that title) which he says he saw and had translated to him by an Armenian Archbishop at Amsterdam, that was read in very many churches of Asia and Africa, as the only rule of their faith. Fabricius takes it to be this Gospel. However, it may be the Second Gospel of the Infancy, which is directly attributed to Thomas.

Ahmed Ibu Idris, a Mohammedan divine, says it was used by some Christians in common with the other four Gospels, and it has been supposed that Mohammed and his coadjutors used its fanciful accounts of Christ’s childhood in compiling the Koran. The only “Christian” sources known to Mohammed were the Nestorians, who denied the real union between the divine and the human natures in Christ, thus virtually holding to two natures and two persons. Their founder, Nestorius, was removed in A.D. 431 from the Patriarchate of Constantinople as a heretic. He particularly disliked the expression “Mary, mother of God.” The Church council at Chalcedon asserted the truth of the phrase with the significant addition “as to his humanity.” The Church believes Christ had two natures in one person, and has decided over the ages that its belief in the Trinity and the two natures in Christ could never be explained, but only defined in such a way as to exclude heresies.

La Crosse cites a synod at Angamala, in the mountains of Malabar, A.D. 1599, which condemned this Gospel as still commonly read by the Nestorians in that country. This Gospel was first translated into English and published in 1697 by Henry Sike, Professor of Oriental Languages at Cambridge.[continued]


The Night When God was Naked Before Man | The Life Project

Also See the posts on this page ” Naked before God in Community

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Posted by Don Merritt on December 7, 2016

I like nativity scenes; they are the one thing we see around us this time of year that actually have something to do with what we are supposed to be celebrating. Yet sadly, even most nativity scenes, whether sculpted or painted… and certainly those that are reenacted… don’t portray reality.

Source: The Night When God was Naked Before Man | The Life Project


Bread tags buy wheelchairs for people in need | Northern Star

CASINO couple Tony and Carol Tomek’s favourite bread is wholemeal and just by recycling the tags from the loaves they buy they will be helping provide wheelchairs for people who can’t afford to purchase them.

Ms Tomek said she had heard about someone collecting bread tags to help buy wheelchairs so she started saving them and then turned to the internet for help.

“I love being able to recycle where I can so I googled for some more information,” she said.

Ms Tomek’s search revealed a woman in South Africa named Mary Honeybun who has been collecting bread tags since 2006 and has so far provided 385 wheelchairs to those who need them.

Ms Honeybun sends more than 400kg of plastic bread tags to a recycling centre every six weeks.

“What she does is cleans and sorts all the tags and then delivers them to a polystyrene recycling plant,” Ms Tomek said.

The tags are then melted down to make picture frames, skirtings, cornices, seedling trays, coat hangers and much more.

The Rotary Wheelchair Foundation has helped Ms Honeybun source good-quality affordable wheelchairs with the proceeds.

“We don’t eat much bread, about two loaves a week, but there may be families out there who live on bread and want to do something with the tags,” Ms Tomek said.

“There would be plenty of community groups, schools and churches who use bread and for the cost of postage, are able to re-use and recycle the tags for a worthy cause.”

To recycle your bread tags, post them to Mary Honeybun, PO Box 215, Noordhoek, 7979, South Africa – or become a collecting point for your network to save on postage.

Lismore Northern Star
Blue Mountains Franciscan Church has a bundle ready to go over now!!!!!

 

Incidents in the life of the child Jesus -Infancy Gospel of Thomas ch.3

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Jesus raises the clay birds of his playmates to life. (Klosterneuburger Evangelienwerk, 14th century)

From  my reblog The Nativity Through Abrahamic Literature: Part 5: The Annunciation of Jesus: Quran 3:45-51

via: https://perspectivesofafellowtraveler.wordpress.com/2016/12/05/the-nativity-through-abrahamic-literature-part-5-the-annunciation-of-jesus-quran-345-51/

Chapter 3, III

Greek Text A

2. And having made soft clay, he fashioned thereof twelve sparrows.

 Greek Text B

1. Now Jesus made of that clay twelve sparrows:

Latin text

2. Again, he took of the clay which came of that pool and made thereof to the number of twelve sparrows.

And it was the Sabbath when he did these things (or made them). And there were also many other little children playing with him. and it was the Sabbath day. Now it was the Sabbath day when Jesus did this among the children of the Hebrews:
3. And a certain Jew when he saw what Jesus did, playing upon the Sabbath day, departed straightway and told his father Joseph: Lo, thy child is at the brook, and he hath taken clay and fashioned twelve little birds, and hath polluted the Sabbath day. And a child ran and told Joseph, saying: Behold, thy child playeth about the brook, and hath made sparrows of the clay, which is not lawful. and the children of the Hebrews went and said unto Joseph his father: Lo, thy son was playing with us and he took clay and made sparrows which it was not right to do upon the Sabbath, and he hath broken it.
4. And Joseph came to the place and saw: and cried out to him, saying: Wherefore doest thou these things on the Sabbath, which it is not lawful to do? 2. And he when he heard it went and said to the child: Wherefore doest thou so and profaneth the Sabbath? And Joseph went to the child Jesus, and said unto him: Wherefore hast thou done this which it was not right to do on the Sabbath?
But Jesus clapped his hands together and cried out to the sparrows and said to them: Go! and the sparrows took their flight and went away chirping. But Jesus answered him not, but looked upon the sparrows and said: Go ye, take your flight, and remember me in your life. And at the word they took flight and went up into the air. But Jesus spread forth (opened) his hands and commanded the sparrows, saying: Go forth into the height and fly: ye shall not meet death at any man’s hands. And they flew and began to cry out and praise almighty God.
5. And when the Jews saw it they were amazed, and departed and told their chief men that which they had seen Jesus do. And when Joseph saw it he was astonished. But when the Jews saw what was done they marvelled and departed, proclaiming the signs which Jesus did.

Source The Infancy Gospel of Thomas


The Nativity Through Abrahamic Literature: Part 2- Mary brought to the temple at three years old.The GOSPEL of the BIRTH OF MARY.1-8

 

The focus of this post is the early life of Mary as told in Quran 3:35-41, with the text coming from MAS Abdel Halem’s Translation

35 Imran’si wifeii said, ‘Lord, I have dedicated what is growing in my womb entirely to You; so accept this from me. You are the One who hears and knows all,’ 36but when she gave birth, she said, ‘My Lord! I have given birth to a girl’– God knew best what she had given birth to: the male is not like the female–‘ I name her Mary and I commend her and her offspring to Your protection from the rejected Satan.’…….

Source: The Nativity Through Abrahamic Literature: Part 2 The Early Life of Mary: Quran 3:35-41


 

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The following text is the occasion of the receiving of Mary into the Temple with the other virgins; as the Qur’an rightly indicates Anna dedicated Mary to God, and at three years of age Mary was taken to the Temple.

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Lost Books of the Bible

The GOSPEL of the BIRTH OF MARY.

CHAP. IV.

1 Mary brought to the temple at three years old.

6 Ascends the stairs of the temple by miracle.

8 Her parents sacrificed and returned home.

AND when three years were expired, and the time of her weaning complete, they brought the Virgin to the temple of the Lord with offerings.

2 And there were about the temple, according to the fifteen Psalms of degrees, 1 fifteen stairs to ascend.

3 For the temple being built in a mountain, the altar of burnt-offering, which was without, could not be come near but by stairs;

4 The parents of the blessed Virgin and infant Mary put her upon one of these stairs;

5 But while they were putting off their clothes, in which they had travelled, and according to custom putting on some that were more neat and clean,

6 In the mean time the Virgin of the Lord in such a manner went up all the stairs one after another, without the help of any to lead or lift her, that any one would have judged from hence that she was of perfect age.

7 Thus the Lord did, in the infancy of his Virgin, work this extraordinary work, and evidence by this miracle how great she was like to be hereafter.

8 But the parents having offered up their sacrifice, according to the custom of the law, and perfected their vow, left the Virgin with other virgins in the apartments of the temple, who were to be brought up there, and they returned home.

Source: – Lost Books of the Bible The GOSPEL of the BIRTH OF MARY.


  • The Lost Books of the Bible: The Gospel of the Birth of Mary. 2016. The Lost Books of the Bible: The Gospel of the Birth of Mary. [ONLINE] Available at: http://sacred-texts.com/bib/lbob/lbob05.htm. [Accessed 07 December 2016].

 

 

 

 

 

The Nativity Through Abrahamic Literature: response to Part 1 -The Birth of Mary the Holy Mother of God, and Very Glorious Mother of Jesus Christ.Protoevangelium of James:2-5 

 

This post will initiate a series of posts that will go on until Christmas. The focus of this series is the birth and early life of Jesus (as well as his family, other people, and events associated …

Source –The Nativity Through Abrahamic Literature: Part 1 The Annunciation of Mary: The Gospel of the Birth of Mary 2:1-9


Deacon Richard H. Gross, MTS   The Protoevangelium of James The Birth of Mary the Holy Mother of God, and Very Glorious Mother of Jesus Christ
Deacon Richard H. Gross, MTS. The Protoevangelium of James The Birth of Mary the Holy Mother of God, and Very Glorious Mother of Jesus Christ

This document narrates the Annunciation to Anna that she will conceive a child

follows from my reblog:The Nativity Through Abrahamic Literature: Part 1 The Annunciation of Mary: The Gospel of the Birth of Mary 2:1-9

“CHURCH FATHERS: Protoevangelium of James

The Birth of Mary the Holy Mother of God, and Very Glorious Mother of Jesus Christ.

I am excluding the initial narrative concerning Joachim written in the post above

2. And his wife Anna mourned in two mournings, and lamented in two lamentations, saying: I shall bewail my widowhood; I shall bewail my childlessness. And the great day of the Lord was at hand; and Judith her maid-servant said: How long do you humiliate your soul? Behold, the great day of the Lord is at hand, and it is unlawful for you to mourn. But take this head-band, which the woman that made it gave to me; for it is not proper that I should wear it, because I am a maid-servant, and it has a royal appearance. And Anna said: Depart from me; for I have not done such things, and the Lord has brought me very low. I fear that some wicked person has given it to you, and you have come to make me a sharer in your sin. And Judith said: Why should I curse you, seeing that the Lord has shut your womb, so as not to give you fruit in Israel? And Anna was grieved exceedingly, and put off her garments of mourning, and cleaned her head, and put on her wedding garments, and about the ninth hour went down to the garden to walk. And she saw a laurel, and sat under it, and prayed to the Lord, saying: O God of our fathers, bless me and hear my prayer, as You blessed the womb of Sarah, and gave her a son Isaac.

3. And gazing towards the heaven, she saw a sparrow’s nest in the laurel, Tobit 2:10 and made a lamentation in herself, saying: Alas! Who begot me? And what womb produced me? Because I have become a curse in the presence of the sons of Israel, and I have been reproached, and they have driven me in derision out of the temple of the Lord. Alas! To what have I been likened? I am not like the fowls of the heaven, because even the fowls of the heaven are productive before You, O Lord. Alas! To what have I been likened? I am not like the beasts of the earth, because even the beasts of the earth are productive before You, O Lord. Alas! To what have I been likened? I am not like these waters, because even these waters are productive before You, O Lord. Alas! To what have I been likened? I am not like this earth, because even the earth brings forth its fruits in season, and blesses You, O Lord.

4. And, behold, an angel of the Lord stood by, saying: Anna, Anna, the Lord has heard your prayer, and you shall conceive, and shall bring forth; and your seed shall be spoken of in all the world. And Anna said: As the Lord my God lives, if I beget either male or female, I will bring it as a gift to the Lord my God; and it shall minister to Him in holy things all the days of its life. 1 Samuel 1:11 And, behold, two angels came, saying to her: Behold, Joachim your husband is coming with his flocks. For an angel of the Lord went down to him, saying: Joachim, Joachim, the Lord God has heard your prayer. Go down hence; for, behold, your wife Anna shall conceive. And Joachim went down and called his shepherds, saying: Bring me hither ten she-lambs without spot or blemish, and they shall be for the Lord my God; and bring me twelve tender calves, and they shall be for the priests and the elders; and a hundred goats for all the people. And, behold, Joachim came with his flocks; and Anna stood by the gate, and saw Joachim coming, and she ran and hung upon his neck, saying: Now I know that the Lord God has blessed me exceedingly; for, behold the widow no longer a widow, and I the childless shall conceive. And Joachim rested the first day in his house.

5. And on the following day he brought his offerings, saying in himself: If the Lord God has been rendered gracious to me, the plate on the priest’s forehead will make it manifest to me. And Joachim brought his offerings, and observed attentively the priest’s plate when he went up to the altar of the Lord, and he saw no sin in himself. And Joachim said: Now I know that the Lord has been gracious unto me, and has remitted all my sins. And he went down from the temple of the Lord justified, and departed to his own house. And her months were fulfilled, and in the ninth month Anna brought forth. And she said to the midwife: What have I brought forth? And she said: A girl. And said Anna: My soul has been magnified this day. And she laid her down. And the days having been fulfilled, Anna was purified, and gave the breast to the child, and called her name Mary…”