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The Gospel of Pseudo‐Matthew

J. K. Elliott

in The Apocryphal New Testament

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780198261827
Published online April 2009 |
The Gospel of Pseudo‐Matthew

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This work used to be known as the Liber de Infantia (sc. of both Mary and Jesus), or the Historia de Nativitate Mariae et de Infantia Salvatoris. It was very influential in the Middle Ages and was the main vehicle for popularizing the Protevangelium Jacobi (= PJ) and the Infancy Gospel of Thomas. Much medieval art is indecipherable without reference to books such as Pseudo‐Matthew.1 Pseudo‐Matthew 1–17 is based on PJ, and 26–34, 37–9, and 41 on Infancy Thomas.2 For this reason, only extracts are translated here, namely the fictitious letters, 13–14, and the unique material (18–25, 35–6, 40, 42), preceded by a summary of the whole.

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