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Christ Child: Cultural Memories of a Young Jesus

Stephen J. Davis

Abstract

Christ Child is a book about Christian, Jewish, and Muslim memories of Jesus’ childhood. Its focus is the so-called Infancy Gospel of Thomas, a collection of stories originally entitled “The Childhood Deeds of Jesus.” In these stories, Jesus turns clay birds into live ones, curses people to death, and displays preternatural knowledge in school. Drawing on sociologies of cultural memory, the book explores how such infancy tales were transmitted and transformed by different generations of readers, how the figure of a young Jesus was “constantly reimagined … to conform to the eye and image of the ... More

Keywords: Jesus, Childhood, Memory, Infancy Gospel, Texts and Readers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300149456
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300149456.001.0001

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Stephen J. Davis, author

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