Title: The Infancy Gospels of Jesus: Apocryphal Tales from the Childhoods of Mary and Jesus--Annotated & Explained (Skylight Illuminations)
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Skylight Paths Publishing May 2009
1594732582 / 9781594732584
Seller ID: 20090526157415
The three principal infancy gospelsThe Infancy Gospel of James, the Book of Joseph the High Priest, and the Infancy Gospel of Thomasare accounts of the birth and early life of Mary and of the birth and early life of Jesus. These apocryphal stories are fictions but nevertheless of great historical interest in terms of the beliefs and storytelling of early Christians, as they are the sources of well-known Christian legends as well as some of Christianity's beloved heroes and heroines.
Now you can 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 of famous spiritual teachers, and gives you a deeper understanding of the sources of devotion Christians feel for the holy infant Jesus. Sharing these folktales told by the ordinary people of early Christianity provides access to the great insight these writings offer into the Christian people's religion of ancient times rather than to the religion of the literate elites.