Nytt frå Jesu barndom

Blant dei nytestamentlege apokryfane finn me to kjente barndomsevangelier; Jakobs Protoevangelium frå ca år 150 og Thomas’ barndomsevangelium frå det andre eller tredje århundre. Dette er “fromme” forteljingar om Jesu oppvekst, forteljingar som var svært populære i oldkyrkja.

Nyleg fortalde den israelske avisa Ma’ariv om ein forskar som har omsett og publisert Det armenske barndomsevangeliet som han har funne i det armenske kvarteret i Gamlebyen i Jerusalem. I dette skriftet meiner han det er ein referanse til at Jesus som barn dreiv med ballspel ved Gennesaretsjøen!

Meldinga fann eg i Caspari Center Media Review 12.08.2008 under overskrifta “Early Christianity”:

Ma’ariv, August 11, 2008

According to research published by Armenian scholar Dr. Abraham Terian, Jesus may have played a game similar to cricket in his childhood in the Galilee. An ancient Armenian manuscript which he has analyzed suggests that Jesus played a game in which a ball is hit with a club. In his recently-published translation of the “Armenian Gospel of the Infancy,” a manuscript he discovered a decade ago at the Saint James Armenian Monastery in the Old City of Jerusalem, Terian has ostensibly identified a reference to Jesus playing with a ball with a group of friends. Instructed to watch his master’s house, the young apprentice runs off, “carrying a bat and ball in his hand,” to play with his friends “on the shores of the Sea of Galilee and thus demonstrated to them his ability to walk on water.

Oppdatering: Her finn du nøyaktig info om boka. Forlaget skriv:

  • An entirely new contribution to the study of New Testament Apocrypha, the first ever translation of a rare document in its entirety, based on the earliest extant Armenian manuscript of this gospel.
  • Annotated with extensive references to other Infancy Gospels and related texts within the Armenian tradition, providing the significant variants in translation.
  • An appendix provides a translation of three distinct Armenian versions of the Protevangelium of James, the earliest of the Infancy Gospels.
  • Contributes to the study of early Christian literature, highlighting popular traditions in the Early Church that were known in both the East and the West. The Armenian Gospel of the Infancy is a sixth-century translation from a Syriac text that no longer exists.

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 a sixth-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 writings are 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 the fourth 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.

Readership: Scholars and students of new testament apocryphal texts; of Armenian language and culture

 

 

 

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