The Armenian Gospel of the Infancy

Hardcover | July 3, 2008

Translated byAbraham Terian

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The various versions of the Infancy Gospels illustrate how stories about the Virgin and Child lend themselves to be told and retold - much like the stories in the canonical Gospels. This first translation of the full text of the Armenian Gospel of the Infancy, itself derived from asixth-century Syriac text that no longer exists, provides two variants of the famous narrative and several recensions or ancient editions. Stories about Jesus, many of them unique to this gospel, are included to show how he exercised his sovereign and divine will even as a child.This edition also contains three early Armenian versions of the Protevangelium of James, which with other ancient sources dependent on it (like the Infancy Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew) constitute the basic tradition in the formation of the later Infancy Gospels. These writingsare our earliest sources about the parents of the Virgin Mary (Joachim and Anne) and her miraculous birth. They also form the basis for the dogma of her Immaculate Conception and perpetual virginity after the birth of Jesus, and lay the ground for certain of the Marian feasts celebrated since thefourth century. Terian's engaging introduction and annotation of the texts place this rare document clearly in its cultural and historical context and provide extensive references to the surrounding textual tradition. These extraordinary stories will appeal to all with an interest in the early church.

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The various versions of the Infancy Gospels illustrate how stories about the Virgin and Child lend themselves to be told and retold - much like the stories in the canonical Gospels. This first translation of the full text of the Armenian Gospel of the Infancy, itself derived from asixth-century Syriac text that no longer exists, provid...

Translator Abraham Terian is Academic Dean and Professor of Armenian Patristics, St Nersess Armenian Seminary.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.72 inPublished:July 3, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199541566

ISBN - 13:9780199541560

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Transcription of ArmenianIntroduction1. History of Scholarship2. Origin and Date3. Manuscripts and Recensions4. Text and TranslationTranslation1. Childless Joachim and Anne2. The Birth and Childhood of Mary3. Mary in the Temple4. Mary Given to Joseph5. The Annunciation6. The Suspicion and Rage of Joseph7. Joseph and Mary Tried and Acquitted8. The Birth of Jesus9. Eve's Visit to the Cave10. The Angel and the Shepherds11. The Coming of the Magi12. The Dedication on the Fortieth Day13. The Massacre of the Children in Bethlehem14. Zechariah Murdered in the Temple15. The Flight to Egypt16. Jesus and the Boys in an Arabian City17. Jesus and the Boys in a Syrian City18. Jesus and the Boys in a Canaanite City19. Joseph Meets with a Pious King in Israel20. Jesus Studies with Gamaliel and Works with Joseph21. Jesus Works as a Dyer with Israel in Tiberias22. Jesus Does Wonders and Raises a Dead Boy in Arimathea23. Jesus Does Other Wonders and Miracles24. Jesus Heals a Paralized Boy Near Emmaus25. Jesus Arbitrates between Two Brothers Near Nazareth26. Jesus Heals a Syrian Man Near Galilee27. Jesus Heals an Old Physician on His Way to Jerusalem28. Jesus Arbitrates between Two Soldiers29. Jesus Heals the Son of a Syro-Phoenician Woman30. Jesus Arbitrates between a Couple about to Divorce31. Jesus and a Tax Collector on the Road to Nazareth32. Jesus and a Despondent Scribe in Galilee33. Jesus and Two Outlaws34. Jesus Opposes the Death Penalty35. Jesus Helps a Lost Lad on His Way to Ramla36. Jesus Heals a Bridegroom at a Wedding in Ramla37. Jesus from Age Fifteen to ThirtyAppendicesI. Three Early Armenian Versions of the Protevangelium of JamesII. Chapter Headings in Manuscripts of Recension B of the Armenian Infancy GospelBibliographyIndices