Pseudo Matthew

Q. My pastor quoted references from the Pseudo Matthew gospel a couple of weeks ago, and I had never heard of this. When I did some research, this sounded like false teaching. What can you tell me about this?

A. Pseudo Matthew is part of the New Testament Apocrypha and was probably written around 600 AD. It’s sometimes called the Infancy Gospel of Matthew. It appears to be a compilation of three other extra-Biblical texts, the Gospel of James, the Flight Into Egypt, and the Infancy Gospel of Thomas. This and other so-called infancy gospels were written primarily to satisfy the need of early Christians for more detail about the early childhood of Jesus. They are not considered to be inspired by the Holy Spirit, were not written by the men whose names appear in their titles, and are therefore not deemed to be reliable accounts.

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