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Christ Child
Cultural Memories of a Young Jesus

Stephen J. Davis

Little is known about the early childhood of Jesus Christ. But in the decades after his death, stories began circulating about his origins. One collection of such tales was the so-called Infancy Gospel of Thomas, known in antiquity as the Paidika or “Childhood Deeds” of Jesus. In it, Jesus not only performs miracles while at play (such as turning clay birds into live sparrows) but also gets enmeshed in a series of interpersonal conflicts and curses to death children and teachers who rub him the wrong way. How would early readers have made sense of this young Jesus?

In this highly innovative book, Stephen Davis draws on current theories about how human communities construe the past to answer this question. He explores how a...

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2014   432 pp.  3 b/w illus.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300149456  $45.00 sc

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The Formation of the Jewish Canon
 



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From Mesopotamia to the Mediterranean in the Second Millennium B.C.
 



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Transient Apostle
Paul, Travel, and the Rhetoric of Empire
 



Ancient Greece
From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times, Second Edition
 

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