Papyrus Cairensis 10735.

A fragment of an ancient Christian infancy gospel?


One of our many sources for primitive Christianity.

Century VI or VII.

Recto.
  1. Αγγελος κυριου ελαλησεν· Ιω[σηφ ...]
  2. παραλαβε Μαριαν την γ[υναικα σου...]
  3. φευγε εις Αιγυπτον και [...]
  4. [...]
  5. ...ιοβι[...] ρ[...]
  6. παν δωρον, και εαν [...]
  7. φιλους αυτου καθ[...]
  8. βασιλεως Λ[...]
  9. ειο[....]
  1. The angel of the Lord spoke: Jo[seph ...]
  2. take Mary the w[ife of yours ...]
  3. flee into Egypt and [...]
  4. [...]
  5. [...]
  6. every gift, and if [...]
  7. his friends [...]
  8. of the king L[...]
  9. [....]
Verso.
  1. [...]
  2. [...] ερμηνευκετω σοι. ο [δε]
  3. [...] φησι τη παρθενω· Ιδου,
  4. [... η συγ]γενης σου και αυτη συν-
  5. [... εκτο]ς εστι μην αυτη τη κα[λου-]
  6. [μενη .... εν] τω εκτω, ο εστιν [Θωθ, μη-]
  7. [νι η μ{ητ}ηρ αρα Ιω]αννην συνελαβε.
  8. [... προκηρυσ]σειν τον αρχιστρα-
  9. [τηγον ...Ιωαννην το]ν οικετην προβαδι-
  10. [...] παρουσιας
  11. [κυριου ....]
  1. [...]
  2. [...] let him interpret for you. [And] the
  3. [...] says to the virgin: Behold
  4. [... the kins]woman of yours, and she
  5. [... sixt]h month it is for her wh[o is]
  6. [called .... in] the sixth [mon]th, which is [Thoth,]
  7. [the m{oth}er] conceived [Jo]hn.
  8. [... to herald before]hand the archistra-
  9. [tegus ...John was th]e servant who was to go be-
  10. [fore ...] the advent
  11. [of the Lord ....]