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


  • Variot, 64–82.

  • P. Peeters, ‘A propos de l’Évangile arabe de l'enfance: le manuscrit de J. Golius', Anal. Boll. 41 (1923), 132–4.

  • G. Graf, Geschichte der christlichen arabischen Literatur, i (Studi e Testi 118) (Vatican, 1944), 225–7.


1. States that it is found in the book of Joseph the high‐priest in the time of Christ, who some say is Caiaphas, that Jesus in the cradle proclaimed his Godhead.

2. The decree of Augustus in the year 300 (or 304) of the era of Alexander. The Birth in a cave. An old Hebrew woman comes as midwife. 3. Her hands are withered (?) because of her unbelief, and she is healed. [There is a gap in the text.] 4. The Shepherds. The midwife praises God. 5. The Circumcision. 6. The Presentation.

7. The Magi. 8. They bring back one of Jesus' swaddling cloths which is proof against fire and is preserved with veneration. 9. The Flight.

10–11. Arrival in Egypt. An idol announces the presence of a God, and falls. The demoniac son of a priest is healed. 12. Alarm of Joseph and Mary.

13. Robbers hear a noise of an approaching host and flee, leaving their captives. Joseph and Mary arrive, and the captives ask who is the king who is coming. Answer: ‘He is coming on after us.’

14. A demoniac woman healed. 15. A dumb bride healed.

16. A woman oppressed by a demon‐serpent relieved.

17. A leprous girl healed by water in which Jesus was washed.

18. A leprous child healed in like manner. 19. A husband and wife released from a spell. 20–21. The brother of two women, who had been changed into a mule, restored by having Jesus placed on his back. 22. The leprous girl of 17 married to the brother.

23. The robbers Titus and Dumachus (the good and bad thieves of the Crucifixion) capture them. Titus redeems them: Jesus prophesies his end.

24. At Matarea in Egypt a spring bursts forth and balm originates from the sweat of Jesus. 25. They lived three years at Misr and saw Pharaoh. Many miracles were done which are not written in the Gospel of the Infancy or in the complete Gospel (probably the canonical Gospels are meant). 26. Return to Nazareth. 27. At Bethlehem a sick child healed. 28. A child diseased in the eyes healed. 29. Two women, mothers of children. One child dies, the other, Cleopas, is healed. The mother of the dead throws Cleopas first into an oven, then into a well: he is uninjured: she herself falls into the well and is killed. 30. One of two twin boys healed—the Bartholomew of the Gospels. 31. A leprous woman healed. 32. A leprous bride healed. 33, 34. A woman haunted by a dragon freed by one of Christ's swaddling cloths. 35. Judas, a child possessed by the devil, smites Jesus, and the devil leaves him in the form of a dog.

36. Jesus (seven years old) makes figures of all sorts of animals of clay, and makes them walk, fly, and feed. 37. The story of the Dyer Salem. 38. Jesus lengthens or shortens beams which Joseph had cut wrongly: for he was not clever at his trade. 39. A bed made for the king of Jerusalem pulled out to the right size. 40. The children in the oven (see above). 41. In the month of Adar the boys make Jesus their king, and passers by have to stop and salute him. 42. The parents of a child bitten by a snake come, and are stopped: Jesus goes with them to the snake's nest and makes it suck out the poison: it bursts: the child is healed: he was Simon Zelotes. 43. James bitten by the viper and healed. 44. Zeno falls from the house and is raised. 45. Jesus brings water in his cloak. 46. The pools and sparrows of clay. The son of Hanan spoils the pools and is palsied. 47. The child who ran against Jesus falls dead. 48. Taught by Zacheus, who is confounded by his wisdom. 49. Taught by another master, who smites him and dies.

50. With the doctors at Jerusalem: questioned about the Law. 51. Questioned about astronomy. 52. And by a philosopher about philosophy: he answers all perfectly. 53. Is found by Mary and Joseph. Returns with them. 54. He lived in obscurity until his baptism. 55. Doxology.


13. Going out from there, they came to a place where there were robbers who had plundered many men of their baggage and clothes, and had bound them. Then the robbers heard a great noise, like the noise of a magnificent king going out of his city with his army, and his chariots and his drums; and at this the robbers were terrified, and left all that they had stolen. And their captives rose up, loosed each other's bonds, recovered their baggage, and went away. And when they saw Joseph and Mary coming up to the place, they said to them, ‘Where is that king? When the robbers heard the magnificent sound of his approach they left us, and we have escaped safe?’ Joseph answered them ‘He will come behind us.’

14. Then they came into another city, where there was a demoniac woman whom the accursed and rebellious Satan had attacked when she had gone out by night for water. She could neither bear clothes, nor live in a house; and as often as they tied her up with chains and thongs, she broke them, and fled naked into desert places; and, standing in cross‐roads and cemeteries, she threw stones at people, and brought great calamities upon her friends. And when the Lady Mary saw her, she pitied her; and immediately Satan left her, and fled away in the form of a young man, saying, ‘Woe to me from you, Mary, and from your son.’ So that woman was cured of her torment, and being restored to her senses, she blushed on account of her nakedness; and shunning the sight of men, went home to her friends. And after she put on her clothes, she gave an account of the matter to her father and her friends; and as they were the chief men of the city, they received the Lady Mary and Joseph with the greatest honour and hospitality.

15. On the day after, being supplied by them with provision for their journey, they went away, and on the evening of that day arrived at another town, in which a marriage was being celebrated; but, by the arts of accursed Satan and the work of enchanters, the bride had become dumb, and could not speak a word. And after the Lady Mary entered the town, carrying her son the Lord Christ, the dumb bride saw her, and stretched out her hands towards the Lord Christ, and drew him to her, and took him into her arms, and embraced him closely and kissed him, and leaned over him, rocking his body back and forwards. Immediately the knot of her tongue was loosened, and her ears were opened; and she gave thanks and praise to God, because he had restored her to health. And that night the inhabitants of the town rejoiced, and thought that God and his angels had come down to them.

17. On the day after, a woman took scented water to wash the Lord Jesus; and after she had washed him, she took the water with which she had done it, and poured some of it upon a girl who was living there and whose body was white with leprosy, and washed her with it. And as soon as this was done, the girl was cleansed from her leprosy. And the townspeople said, ‘There is no doubt that Joseph and Mary and this child are gods, not men.’ And when they were ready to leave them, the girl who had suffered from the leprosy came up to them, and asked them to take her with them.

23. And departing from this place, they came to a desert; and hearing that it was infested by robbers, Joseph and the Lady Mary decided to cross this region by night. But on their way, behold, they saw two robbers lying in wait on the road, and with them a great number of robbers, who were their associates, sleeping. Now those two robbers into whose hands they had fallen were Titus and Dumachus. Titus therefore said to Dumachus, ‘I beseech you to let these persons go free, so that our comrades do not see them.’ And as Dumachus refused, Titus said to him again, ‘Take forty drachmas from me, and have them as a pledge.’ At the same time he held out to him the belt which he had had about his waist, that he should not open his mouth or speak. And the Lady Mary, seeing that the robber had done them a kindness, said to him, ‘The Lord God will sustain you with his right hand, and will grant you remission of your sins.’ And the Lord Jesus answered, and said to his mother, ‘Thirty years hence, O my mother, the Jews will crucify me at Jerusalem, and these two robbers will be raised upon the cross along with me, Titus on my right hand and Dumachus on my left; and after that day Titus shall go before me into Paradise.’ And she said, ‘God keep this from you, my son.’ And they went from there towards a city of idols, which, as they came near it, was transformed into sand‐hills.

24. From there they went to that sycamore which is now called Matarea, and the Lord Jesus brought forth in Matarea a fountain in which the Lady Mary washed his shirt. And from the sweat of the Lord Jesus which he let drop there, balsam was produced in that region.

27. Thereafter, going into the city of Bethlehem, they saw there many and grievous diseases infesting the eyes of the children, who were dying in consequence. And a woman was there with a sick son, whom, being very near to death, she brought to the Lady Mary, who saw him as she was washing Jesus Christ. Then the woman said to her, ‘O my Lady Mary, look upon this son of mine, who is suffering with a grievous disease.’ And the Lady Mary listened to her, and said, ‘Take a little of that water in which I have washed my son, and sprinkle him with it.’ She therefore took a little of the water, as the Lady Mary had told her, and sprinkled it over her son. And when this was done his illness abated; and after sleeping a little, he awoke safe and sound. His mother rejoiced at this, and took him again to the Lady Mary. And she said to her, ‘Give thanks to God, because he has healed your son.’

37. One day, when Jesus was running about and playing with some children, he passed by the workshop of a dyer called Salem. They had in the workshop many cloths which he had to dye. The Lord Jesus went into the dyer's workshop, took all the pieces of cloth and put them into a tub full of indigo. When Salem came and saw that the cloths were spoiled, he began to cry aloud and asked the Lord Jesus, saying, ‘What have you done to me, son of Mary? You have ruined my reputation in the eyes of all the people of the city; for everyone orders a colour to suit himself, but you have come and spoiled everything.’ And the Lord Jesus replied, ‘I will change for you the colour of any cloth which you wish to be changed’, and he immediately began to take the cloths out of the tub, each of them dyed in the colour the dyer wished, until he had taken them all out. When the Jews saw this miracle and wonder, they praised God.

40. 1 James 67–8, translates this story from the Syriac version found in E. A. Wallis Budge, The History of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the History of the Likeness of Christ (London, 1899; repr. New York, 1976), 76 (= Luzac's Semitic Text and Translation Series 4 and 5). On another day the Lord Jesus went out into the road, and seeing some boys who had met to play, he followed them; but the boys hid themselves from him. The Lord Jesus, therefore, having come to the door of a certain house, and seen some women standing there, asked them where the boys had gone; and when they answered that there was no one there, he said again, ‘Who are these whom you see in the furnance?’ 2 Perhaps the correct reading is fornice, archway, and not fornace. The Syriac suggests ‘cellar’. They replied that they were young goats of three years old. And the Lord Jesus cried out and said, ‘Come out, O goats, to your Shepherd.’ Then the boys, in the form of goats, came out, and began to skip round him; and the women, seeing this, were very much astonished, and were seized with trembling, and speedily supplicated the Lord Jesus, saying, ‘O our Lord Jesus, son of Mary, you are truly that good Shepherd of Israel; have mercy on your handmaidens who stand before you, and who have never doubted: for you have come, O our Lord, to heal, and not to destroy.’ And when the Lord Jesus answered that the sons of Israel were like the Ethiopians among the nations, the women said, ‘You, O Lord, know all things, nor is anything hid from you; now, indeed, we beseech you, and ask you of your mercy to restore these boys, your servants, to their former condition.’ The Lord Jesus therefore said, ‘Come, boys, let us go and play.’ And immediately, while these women were standing by, the kids were changed into boys.


1 James 67–8, translates this story from the Syriac version found in E. A. Wallis Budge, The History of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the History of the Likeness of Christ (London, 1899; repr. New York, 1976), 76 (= Luzac's Semitic Text and Translation Series 4 and 5).

2 Perhaps the correct reading is fornice, archway, and not fornace. The Syriac suggests ‘cellar’.

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