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The Apocryphal New Testament Easy to use collection of English translations of the New Testament Apocrypha.

Pars Altera

25. After a short time the angel said to Joseph, ‘Return to the land of Judah, for they are dead who sought the child's life.’

35. There is a road going out of Jericho and leading to the river Jordan, to the place where the children of Israel crossed; and there the ark of the covenant is said to have rested. And Jesus was eight years old, and he went out of Jericho and went towards the Jordan. And there was beside the road, near the bank of the Jordan, a cave where a lioness was nursing her whelps; and no one was safe to walk that way. Jesus, coming from Jericho, and knowing that in that cave the lioness had brought forth her young, went into it in the sight of all. And when the lions saw Jesus, they ran to meet him and worshipped him. And Jesus was sitting in the cavern and the lion's whelps ran round his feet, fawning and playing with him. And the older lions, with their heads bowed, stood at a distance and worshipped him and fawned upon him with their tails. Then the people who were standing afar off and who did not see Jesus, said, ‘Unless he or his parents had committed grievous sins, he would not of his own accord have exposed himself to the lions.’ And when the people were reflecting within themselves and were overcome with great sorrow, behold, suddenly in the sight of the people Jesus came out of the cave and the lions went before him, and the lion's whelps played with each other before his feet. And the parents of Jesus stood afar off with their heads bowed and they watched; likewise also the people stood at a distance on account of the lions, for they did not dare to come close to them. Then Jesus began to say to the people, ‘How much better are the beasts than you, seeing that they recognize their Lord and glorify him; while you men, who have been made in the image and likeness of God, do not know him! Beasts know me and are tame; men see me and do not acknowledge me.’

36. After these things Jesus crossed the Jordan in the sight of them all with the lions; and the water of the Jordan was divided on the right hand and on the left. Then he said to the lions so that all could hear, ‘Go in peace and hurt no one; neither let man injure you, until you return to the place where you have come from.’ And they, bidding him farewell, not only with their voices but with their gestures, went to their own place. But Jesus returned to his mother.

40. After these things Joseph departed with Mary and Jesus to go into Capernaum by the sea‐shore, on account of the malice of his adversaries. And when Jesus was living in Capernaum, there was in the city a man named Joseph, exceedingly rich. But he had wasted away under his infirmity and died, and was lying dead in his couch. And when Jesus heard people in the city mourning and weeping and lamenting over the dead man, he said to Joseph, ‘Why do you not grant the benefit of your favour to this man, seeing that he is called by your name?’ And Joseph answered him, ‘How have I any power or ability to grant him a benefit?’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Take the kerchief which is upon your head, go and put it on the face of the dead man and say to him, “Christ save you”, and immediately the dead man will be healed and will rise from his couch.’ And when Joseph heard this, he went away at the command of Jesus and ran and entered the house of the dead man, and put the kerchief, which he was wearing on his head, upon the face of him, who was lying in the couch and said, ‘Jesus save you.’ And forthwith the dead man rose from his bed and asked who Jesus was.

42. Joseph came to a feast with his sons, James, Joseph, and Judah, and Simeon, and his two daughters. Jesus met them, with Mary his mother, along with her sister Mary, the daughter of Cleophas, whom the Lord God had given to her father Cleophas and her mother Anna, because they had offered Mary the mother of Jesus to the Lord. And she was called by the same name, Mary, for the consolation of her parents. 7 One of the manuscripts (Tischendorf's B) has: ‘And when Joseph, worn out with old age, died and was buried with his parents, the blessed Mary lived with her nephews or with the children of her sisters; for Anna and Emerina were sisters. Of Emerina was born Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. And as Anna, the mother of the blessed Mary, was very beautiful, when Joachim was dead she was married to Cleophas by whom she had a second daughter. She called her Mary, and gave her to Alphaeus to wife; and of her was born James the son of Alphaeus and Philip his brother. And her second husband having died, Anna was married to a third husband named Salome [sic] by whom she had a third daughter. She called her Mary likewise, and gave her to Zebedee to wife; and of her were born James the son of Zebedee, and John the Evangelist. And when they had assembled, Jesus sanctified and blessed them, and he was the first to begin to eat and drink; for none of them dared to eat or drink or to sit at table or to break bread until he had first sanctified them. And if he happened to be absent, they used to wait for him. And when he did not wish to come for refreshment, neither Joseph nor Mary, nor the sons of Joseph, his brothers, came. And, indeed, these brothers, keeping his life as a lamp before their eyes, observed him, and feared him. And when Jesus slept, whether by day or by night, the brightness of God shone upon him. To whom be all praise and glory for ever and ever. Amen, amen.

Notes:

7 One of the manuscripts (Tischendorf's B) has: ‘And when Joseph, worn out with old age, died and was buried with his parents, the blessed Mary lived with her nephews or with the children of her sisters; for Anna and Emerina were sisters. Of Emerina was born Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. And as Anna, the mother of the blessed Mary, was very beautiful, when Joachim was dead she was married to Cleophas by whom she had a second daughter. She called her Mary, and gave her to Alphaeus to wife; and of her was born James the son of Alphaeus and Philip his brother. And her second husband having died, Anna was married to a third husband named Salome [sic] by whom she had a third daughter. She called her Mary likewise, and gave her to Zebedee to wife; and of her were born James the son of Zebedee, and John the Evangelist.

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