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Reflections On The Apocryphal Gospels As Supplements

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Reading through the various 'apocryphal' gospels, it is difficult to escape the impression that many of them were composed in reaction to the synoptic Gospels and the Gospel of John. The virgin birth, as told by Matthew and Luke of Jesus, the son of David, was probably not always considered to have been well substantiated in these gospels, since both authors inserted a genealogy which shows only Joseph's Davidic descent, but none that does the same for Mary. Open disagreement is expressed in the Acts of John. Although this is certainly not a gospel, but an account of the apostle's work after the ascension, it contains a flashback to the time of Jesus' earthly ministry. In the canonical New Testament, there is a series of events that starts immediately after Jesus' death.

Keywords: apocryphal' gospels; Jesus; Mary; Matthew; New Testament; virgin birth



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