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La figure de Marie au Moyen Age : Mère et Epouse du Christ. Quelques réflexions

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During the first two centuries, many traditions relating to the design and the birth of Jesus were developed by the Christian imagination in order to answer specific questions relating to the Messiah of Nazareth. The oldest of these apocryphal stories are found in the Ascension of Isaiah, the Apocalypse of Adam and the Proto-Gospel of Jacques. This chapter focuses on the Protoevangelium of Jacques, which comprises two stories dealing with the conception and birth of Jesus. The Proto-Gospel of Jacques is a work of the middle of the second century that deals with the conception, birth and childhood of Mary, and the design and the birth of Jesus; there is also a question of Zechariah and Elizabeth, the parents of John the Baptist. The story is an interpretation of its equivalent in the Gospel according to Luke. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: birth of Jesus; Gospel according to Luke; John the Baptist; Mary; Proto-Gospel of Jacques



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