Arabic Gospel of the Infancy

<strong>ARABIC GOSPEL OF THE INFANCY</strong>. One of the later <span class="auto-link">[[Infancy Gospels]]</span> (<em>see</em> <em>APOCRYPHAL NT</em> 2 [c]), combining into one account various stories about the birth of Jesus, the flight into Egypt and the events which took place there, and the miracles wrought by the boy Jesus. The birth story (II-IX) is based on the <span class="auto-link">[[Protevangelium of James]]</span> (q.v.), the section about the miracles (XXXVI-LIII) on the Infancy <span class="auto-link">[[Gospel of Thomas]]</span> (q.v.). The narrative of the flight into Egypt (9) begins from <bibleref ref="Matt.2.13">Matthew 2:13</bibleref> f., but the miracles of this section have no canonical basis, although the description of the demoniac in <bibleref ref="Matt.14.1-Matt.14.36">ch. 14</bibleref> draws upon <bibleref ref="Mark.5.1-Mark.5.5">Mark 5:1-5</bibleref>. These wonders in Egypt and in Bethlehem are wrought through contact with the child, his clothes, or even his bath water; a notable feature is the prominent role played by Mary. Part of the book is contained in Syriac in the History of the Blessed Virgin Mary (ed. E. A. W. Budge [1899]), and it is possibly of Syr. origin. Its tr. into Arab. made these legends available to Moslems, and some passed into the Koran.<br /><br />


ANT 80ff. (summary); NTAp. I. 404f. (discussion; see also A. de Santos Otero, <em>Los Evangelios Apocrifos</em>, Madrid 1956, 327, for bibliography). Full translation in <em>Ante-Nicene Christian Library</em> XVI (1870), 100ff.<br /><br />

<h2>See also</h2>

<li>[[Apocryphal Gospels]]</li>