THOMAS'S GOSPEL of the INFANCY of JESUS CHRIST.
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An Account of the ACTIONS and MIRACLES of our Lord and Saviour JESUS CHRIST in his INFANCY. [The original in Greek, from which this translation is made, will be found printed by Cotelerius, in his notes on the constitutions of the Apostles, from a MS. in the French King's Library, No. 2279--It is attributed to Thomas, and conjectured to have been originally connected with the Gospel of Mary.]


(William Wake and Solomon Caesar Malan version)



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I THOMAS, an Israelite, judged it necessary to make known to our brethren among the Gentiles, the actions and miracles of Christ in his childhood, which our Lord and God Jesus Christ wrought after his birth in Bethlehem in our country, at which I myself was astonished; the beginning of which was as followeth.
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When the child Jesus was five years of age and there had been a shower of rain, which was now over, Jesus was playing with other Hebrew boys by a running stream; and the water running over the banks, stood in little lakes;
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But the water instantly became clear and useful again; he having smote them only by his word, they readily obeyed him.
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Then he took from the bank of the stream some soft clay, and formed out of it twelve sparrows; and there were other boys playing with him.
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But a certain Jew seeing the things which he was doing, namely, his forming clay into the figures of sparrows on the sabbath day, went presently away, and told his father Joseph, and said,
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Behold, thy boy is playing by the river side, and has taken clay, and formed it into twelve sparrows, and profaneth the sabbath.
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Then Joseph came to the place where he was, and when he saw him, called to him, and said, Why doest thou that which it is not lawful to do on the sabbath day?
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Then Jesus clapping together the palms of his hands, called to the sparrows, and said to them: Go, fly away; and while ye live remember me.
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So the sparrows fled away, making a noise.
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The Jews seeing this, were astonished, and went away, and told their chief persons what a strange miracle they had seen wrought by Jesus.


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