Apocrypha Arabica

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Not indexed. Not illustrated. More needs to be done on the issue of the transmission of the text. Material from the Gospel of Nicodemus II century? There is a passage which quotes from the Questions of Bartholomew. Testament, [80]. Assunzione di Maria, Casale Monferrato , BUDGE tr. Problemi Attuali di Scienza e di Cultura. GUIDI ed. It is impossible as yet to decide whether the author of the Book of the Mystery had direct access to either the Questions of Bartholomew or to the Gospel of Nicodemus.

There is a general position which tries to group most of the texts that will be considered below as translations from Arabic. New manuscript evidence has surfaced since, which would pave the way to re-edit texts published on the basis of few witnesses. The title, Protoevangelium Jacobi, under which it is normally known, was given by Guillaume Postel who published it for the first time in Basilea in Papyrus Bodmer V, the oldest manuscript, edited by M.

CPG, n. XXI 1. XXVI 1. The author of the apocryphon claims to be James, and that he wrote the book after the death of Herod. This seems to have been the most common view. The fact that Origen knew the apocryphon39 and Justin reflects its ideas, indicates that it existed by the III century.

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However, several parts must be later additions The original language of this apocryphon is Greek. The book, an exposition of the miraculous birth of Mary from Joachim, a well-to-do man and from Hanna his wife, can be divided in three parts. After a long period of sterility Hanna begets a child who is offered to God and enters the Temple where she spends her childhood. Thus the priests decide to entrust her to Joseph, a pious old widower who is chosen by lot to be the keeper of Mary.

The most likely aim of the apocryphon was to provide answers to questions of serious relevance. In doing so it borrowed material from the Old Testament successfully and combined it with sources from oral and written Christian tradition. There is no doubt that the composer had the Samuel and Samson stories in his mind for his narrative.

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The centrepiece of the story is the exaltation of Mary as the ever virgin. The book continued to have an impact: its exaltation of Mary, especially of her virginity, is the remote root for the belief in the Immaculate Conception. In Christendom at large, the book was instrumental in providing a model for the ideal of virginity. There is little agreement among scholars on the Vorlage of the MLM.

The apocryphon was translated in several languages including the Arabic. Zotenberg claims that the script of the manuscript Paris BN n. Unless the editor has tacitly made emendations, the orthography, morphology and syntax of the text seem to point to a period of at least two centuries later De Libris Recipiendis et non Recipiendis. He also provides a brief list of readings that do not match with the Greek. Zotenberg affirms that the four Arabic redactions too differ among themselves The MLM contains a wealth of information that has shaped not only the liturgy but religious literature at large too.

Giving birth in a cave is another important topos. The style of MLM and the redactional choices deserve close attention. The title, plausibly drawn from the incipit of the manuscripts, reminds the Miracles of Mary, a collection of wonders ascribed to the Mother of God to be proclaimed to the assembly, with promises of rewards to those who would listen to them with faith. According to the King, during whose time the book was enriched with new material, listening to the Miracles of Mary would have been as profitable as receiving the Eucharist for those who were not in the position to do so There is a fundamental difference between the Miracles of Mary and the TI.

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The former cannot even be considered as a New Testament 45 Cf. On the other hand, its less celebrated counterpart, the TI recounts stories of Jesus, starting from the Annunciation up to the Assumption of Mary. In some editions, the book includes the correspondence between king Abgar and Jesus and parts of the Book of the Rooster. As such, among the known apocryphal gospels, the TI is one of the largest and thorough narratives. Like the Miracles of Mary, there are several editions of the TI.

Facts and anecdots were also read in the light of faith and attributed to the intervention of the Mother of God and of her Son thus making their way into the two Books. And from the books of the mysteries that John, the beloved disciple wrote down. Miracle n. The edition, p. The heavens and the earth were always in fear and trouble because of his miracles.

The manuscript of the Ambrosiana, copied in the year , was edited alongside a Latin translation, in Milan by Giovanni Galbiati Michel van Esbroek indicated the existence of other manuscripts, like Sinai. He also argued that the Arabic basis of the TI was a text somewhat shorter than that published by Galbiati. A direct Syriac counterpart of the text is to-date unknown and it is doubtful whether it has ever existed. Scholars have admitted that fixing the date of compilation or composition of the AGJ is extremely difficult and they reluctantly indicate the X or XI centuries as a tentative time-table.

GRAF, Geschichte, pp. If, as already said, the AGJ constitutes the core of the TI, the latter contains additional material of a different origin Having said this, it must be conceded that the history of the text of AGJ and of the versions that descend from it, is not fully clear It is a XV century, partial text of the TI Even though the witnesses belong mostly to the XIX and XX centuries, the manuscript attestation of the TI, be it in its entirety or of parts of it, is quite widespread.

The relatively high number of TI copies, present in many places of Eritrea and Ethiopia is indicative of its relevance for liturgical and monastic life The division of the text into chapters and sections varies from manuscript to manuscript, a fact that probably reflects an adaptation to the liturgical practice of various Christian assemblies and to the monastic piety. Some manuscripts have notes in which passages of the TI are recommended for reading on particular occasions and in some cases even the hours are indicated.

Cheaster Beatty , f. XII, There is a Miracle of Jesus on honouring the Sabbath in ff. The manuscript belongs to the early XIX century, cf. VI: Project Numbers , Collegeville , Editions In the past two centuries, the TI has attracted the interest of renowned scholars who have analysed and edited parts of it but without providing any critical edition of the TI in its entirety. There are popular editions of various sizes, published in Ethiopia, mostly for devotional purposes.

In , Boris Turayev issued the first publication of a tiny portion of the TI from manuscripts of St. The number of miracles varies from manuscript to manuscript, ranging from forty to its double However, the episodes adopted are not simply periphrastic repetitions of the original. Rather, they have been re-processed and enriched wih the additional data, like proper nouns not available in the canonical gospels.

The apocryphal gospels are another major source. The Protevangelium was not used slavishly: there are additions and omissions. The account of the TI does coincide literally with its source. The Cave a text that takes up the Old Testament historia sacra and combines it with that of the New Testament, is a Syriac composition of the VI century which however contains material that may date back to the III.

It was translated into Arabic and extensively edited in that language. The influence of the Book of Rolls can also be seen in the story about Cain murdering Abel in order to marry his twin sister. This will be a motif widely used by successive Ethiopian religious literature The text of TI is not identical with the Rolls: the similarity lies at the conceptual level. Another passage that has some connection with the Cave is the episode of the Magi. This is especially the case of stories involving animals and plants which speak to testify that Jesus is the true God.

The same applies to narratives in which Old Testament figures are called to life to give their testimonies about Jesus.

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In the same commentary, Chrysostom rejects the idea that Jesus might have performed miracles before his baptism In the AM edition is mir. Only part of the composition has been published. The names of the two sisters, Lud and Aqlema are given with the description of their physical appearance.

Sever Voicu holds that the stories could have circulated even during the pre-Nicene period, as early as before the end of the III century and provides arguments to substantiate this thesis He observes that, apart from the only New Testament reference in chapter 19 which quotes Lk 2, , the allusions to the New Testament are few and vague, as if they were echoes of oral traditions. The Old Testament too does not play any significant role as a source of inspiration of the stories. There is a great difference, between the canonical Gospels and the IG in the portrayal of Jesus and of other New Testament figures.

Here, Jesus claims for himself a superior knowledge and he seems to hint that it is not he himself that was going to be crucified. These are ideas that remind Gnostic thoughts. Joseph is more active in the IG than in the New Testament and it appears that he holds real authority over Jesus. The aim of the IG seems to project an image of Jesus as an extraordinary being on the one hand, and at the same time as a true son of Joseph, leaving aside references to his virginal birth from Mary.

Voicu concludes that the overall picture of this text suggests that the stories reflect archaic material whose content did not fall in line with the orthodoxy of the wider Church. The text, especially its stylistic uniformit, gives the impression of a homogeneous composition, but a close examination allows detecting a variety of sources that have concurred in its formation. The narrative is framed around a span of time that covers the life of Jesus from the age of five to twelve. There are several factors, starting from the style, on to the history of their transmission which cast serious doubts on a hypothesis of common authorship for the two works.

On the contrary, Christmas homilies of the Cappadocian Fathers show that Basil of Caesarea and Gregory of Nyssa knew the information of the Protoevangelium but they do not betray any familiarity with the Infancy Narratives.

Apocrypha Arabica by Margaret Dunlop Gibson

This may imply that the two works had different origins and that at that time they were not compounded. Some claim that it was initially written in Syriac93, while others argue that the first redaction was Greek and that Syriac and Latin versions were subsequently produced after a revised Greek model One of the hurdles that scholars of IG have faced are the titles by which the apocryphon has been known.

The so-called Gelasian Decree presents two titles, namely, Euangelium nomine Thomae and Liber de Infantia saluatoris Manuscript evidence indicates that the book is never qualified as a gospel. Charlesworth lists up to ninety-eight studies on the Stories The complex manuscript tradition consists of six translations carried out directly from Greek four of them late-ancient, and two medieval , two secondary versions, one hypothetical Armenian version, a couple of refashioned versions, at least four quite different and not very reliable Greek forms.

In a footnote n. Scarcia Amoretti — L. In memoria di Alessandro Bausani. I: Islamistica, Roma Studi Orientali 10 , These resounding affirmations are based on two arguments. A single instance of an objectionable name form and a rather unconvincing syntactic argument seems disproportionate to the conclusion that the scholar draws. More evidence would be necessary to make the case. One of such is the request of Jesus addressed to Joseph to learn the art of carpentery, and the fact that after finishing a work Jesus sought his approval. This would be in line with the primitive view of the Stories which ascribe to Joseph, a role of authority over Jesus.

It is therefore probable that all the available manuscripts of the Stories derive from a single late text, perhaps contemporary to the translation of the Miracles of Jesus from Arabic XIII century? Two letters that claim to be a correspondence between king Abgar and Jesus Christ were allegedly uncovered in the archives of Edessa. The first letter carried by the artist Ananias is a call to Jesus to go to Edessa to cure the king.

The latter offered protection to Jesus from the Jews who were persecuting him. Jesus replied praising the king for having believed without seeing him but declined the offer. Instead, he gave his word that after his Ascension he L. Het kind in de oosterse beschavingen. Acta orient. Second Series, Michigan , The story relates that after the Ascension of Jesus, the Apostle Thaddaeus cured the king and evangelized the kingdom This document might have originated out of a claim for an apostolic lineage which brought together the names of Addai or Addaeus with Thaddaeus.

Bestselling Series. Harry Potter. Popular Features. New Releases. Description The twin sisters Agnes Lewis and Margaret Gibson were pioneering biblical scholars who became experts in a number of ancient languages. Travelling widely in the Middle East, they made several significant discoveries, including one of the earliest manuscripts of the Four Gospels in Syriac, a dialect of Aramaic, the language probably spoken by Jesus himself.

This text is a transcription and translation of an Arabic Christian manuscript discovered by Margaret Gibson in and first published in The text includes 'The Book of the Rolls', a retelling of early Biblical events; stories of Aphikia, a virtuous woman from the time of King Solomon; and the tale of Cyprian and Justa recounted in Arabic and Greek. A useful resource for linguists and for scholars in the history of Arabic Christianity.

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