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The Latin version translated here is found in more manuscripts than the Greek; none of them, I think, is earlier than the thirteenth century.The stories of Thomas the Israelite, the Philosopher, concerning the works of the Childhood of the Lord. I, Thomas the Israelite, tell unto you, even all the brethren that are of the Gentiles, to make known unto you the works of the childhood of our Lord Jesus Christ and his mighty deeds, even all that he did when he was born in our land: whereof the beginning is thus: II.
This young child is not earthly born: this is one that can tame even fire: be like this is one begotten before the making of the world. I have deceived myself, thrice wretched man that I am: I strove to get me a disciple and I am found to have a master.5 And when the Jews saw it they were amazed, and departed and told their chief men that which they had seen Jesus do. 1 But the son of Annas the scribe was standing there with Joseph; and he took a branch of a willow and dispersed the waters which Jesus had gathered together.2 And when Jesus saw what was done, he was wroth and said unto him: O evil, ungodly, and foolish one, what hurt did the pools and the waters do thee?And it was the Sabbath when he did these things (or made them).And there were also many other little children playing with him.
I now present the three principal forms of it, as given by Tischendorf: two Greek texts, A and B, and one Latin. The earliest authorities are a much abbreviated Syriac version of which the manuscript is of the sixth century, and a Latin palimpsest at Vienna of the fifth or sixth century, which has never been deciphered in full.