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The Gospel of James

The Gospel of James

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Published by Corey Lee Buck
The Gospel of James, also known as the Infancy Gospel of James or the Protoevangelium of James, is an apocryphal Gospel probably written about AD 145, which expands backward in time the infancy stories contained the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, and presents a narrative concerning the birth and upbringing of Mary herself. It is the oldest source to assert the virginity of Mary not only prior to but during (and after) the birth of Jesus.

The ancient manuscripts that preserve the book have different titles, including "The Birth of Mary", "The Story of the Birth of Saint Mary, Mother of God," and "The Birth of Mary; The Revelation of James.
The Gospel of James, also known as the Infancy Gospel of James or the Protoevangelium of James, is an apocryphal Gospel probably written about AD 145, which expands backward in time the infancy stories contained the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, and presents a narrative concerning the birth and upbringing of Mary herself. It is the oldest source to assert the virginity of Mary not only prior to but during (and after) the birth of Jesus.

The ancient manuscripts that preserve the book have different titles, including "The Birth of Mary", "The Story of the Birth of Saint Mary, Mother of God," and "The Birth of Mary; The Revelation of James.

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THE INFANCY GOSPEL OF JAMES
The following translation is based on the Greek text printed in Ronald F. Hock's TheInfancy Gospels of James and Thomas. The text, which provided the basis for the JesusSeminar's "Scholars Version" translation of the Infancy Gospel of James, has been divideddifferently than in earlier critical editions to encourage precise notation.CHAPTER 1(1) In the histories of the twelve tribes of Israel, Joachim was an extremely rich man. (2)He always brought a double offering to the Lord, (3) telling himself, "My offering for allthe people is from my surplus and my own offering to the Lord God is for forgiveness, toatone for my sins."(4) As the great day of the Lord was drawing near and the children of Israel werebringing their offerings, however, (5) Reubel stood in his way, saying, "You cannot offeryour gifts first because you have not conceived a child in Israel."(6) And Joachim became extremely frustrated and went away to the history of the twelvetribes of his people, saying to himself, "I will look in the history of the twelve tribes of Israel and see whether I am the only one who has not conceived a child in Israel." (7)And he searched and found that all the righteous people had raised children in Israel. (8)And he reminded himself about the patriarch Abraham and that the Lord God gave hisson Isaac to him in his last days.(9) Then, Joachim was extremely frustrated and did not appear to his wife, but gavehimself to the desert and pitched his tent there. (10) He fasted forty days and fortynights. (11) All the while, Joachim was saying to himself, "I will not go down for food ordrink until the Lord my God visits me; prayer will be my food and drink."CHAPTER 2(1) Then, his wife Anna mourned and lamented greatly for two reasons, saying, "I lamentthat I am a widow and I lament that I am childless."(2) When the great day of the Lord was drawing near, (3) her servant Juthine said to her,"How long are you going to humble yourself? Do you not see that the great day of theLord is approaching? You are not allowed to mourn. (4) Take this headband which theleader of the activity gave me. I am not allowed to tie it because I am your slave and ithas a royal mark."(5) Then, Anna said, "Get away from me. I did not cause these things, even though theLord God has humbled me greatly. Perhaps a crafty person has given this to you and youhave come to cause me to partake of your sin."
 
(6) And her servant Juthine said, "Should I invoke a curse on you because you did nothear my voice? The Lord God has shut your womb and he will not give you offspring inIsrael."(7) So Anna also became extremely frustrated and removed her mourning garment,washed her head and clothed herself with her wedding dress. (8) Around the ninth hour,she went down to her garden to walk around. She saw a laurel tree and sat down underit. (9) And after a rest, she petitioned the Lord, saying, "God of my ancestors, bless meand hear my prayer, just as you blessed our mother Sarah and gave her son Isaac to her."CHAPTER 3(1) And Anna looked up to the heavens and saw a nest of sparrows in the laurel tree. (2)Immediately, Anna cried out mournfully, saying to herself,"Oh me, who gave birth to me? What womb caused me to grow? (3) For I was born cursedin front of the children of Israel. I am reviled and they treat me with contempt and castme out of the temple of the Lord my God.(4) "Oh me, what am I like? I am not like the birds of the sky, for the birds of the sky arefruitful before you, Lord.(5) "Oh me, what am I like? I am not like the domestic animals, for the domestic animalsare fruitful before you, Lord.(6) "Oh me, what am I like? I am not like the wild animals of the earth, for the wildanimals of the earth are fruitful before you, Lord.(7) "Oh me, what am I like? I am not like these waters, for these waters are fruitful beforeyou, Lord.(8) "Oh me, what am I like? I am not like this earth, for the earth produces its fruit inseason and blesses you, Lord."CHAPTER 4(1) Suddenly, an angel of the Lord stood in front of her, saying, "Anna, Anna, the LordGod has heard your prayer. You will conceive and give birth and your child will bespoken of everywhere people live."(2) And Anna said, "As the Lord God lives, whether I give birth to either a male or afemale child, I will bring it as an offering to the Lord my God and it will be a servant tohim all the days of its life."
 
(3) Next, two angels came, saying to her, "Look your husband Joachim is coming with hisflocks." (4) For an angel of the Lord had gone down to Joachim, saying, "Joachim,Joachim, the Lord God has heard your prayer. Go down from here. Look, your wife Annahas conceived in her womb."(5) Immediately, Joachim went down and called the shepherds, telling them, "Bring tenlambs without spot or blemish here to me; the ten lambs will be for the Lord God. (6)Bring twelve tender calves; the twelve calves will be for the priests and the elders. (7)And bring one hundred male goats; the one hundred male goats will be for all thepeople."(8) Then, Joachim came with his flocks. Anna was standing at the gate. (9) When she sawJoachim coming with his flocks, Anna ran and wrapped herself around his neck, saying,"Now I know that the Lord God has blessed me greatly. See, the widow is no longer awidow and the childless woman has conceived in her womb."(10) And Joachim rested for the first day he was home.CHAPTER 5(1) The next day, when he was presenting his offerings, he said to himself, "If the LordGod will be reconciled to me, he will make it clear to me with the priest's metal disc." (2)And Joachim presented his offerings and paid attention to the priest's metal disc until hewent up to the altar of the Lord. And he saw no sin in it. (3) Joachim said, "Now, I knowthat the Lord God has been reconciled to me and has sent all my great sins away for me."(4) And having been justified, he departed from the temple and went to his house.(5) And his wife's pregnancy came to term. After nine months, Anna gave birth (6) andshe said to the midwife, "What is it?"(7) The midwife said, "A girl."(8) Anna said, "My soul exalts this day." And she put her baby to bed.(9) After her days were completed, Anna cleansed her menstrual flow (10) and gave herbreast to the child and gave her the name Mary.CHAPTER 6(1) Day by day, the child grew stronger. (2) When she was six months old, her mother sether on the ground to test whether she could stand. And after walking seven steps, shecame to her mother's breast. (3) And her mother picked her up, saying, "As the Lord myGod lives, you will not walk on this earth again until I take you to the temple of theLord."

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