Preface to Boyhood Deeds

Once upon a time I took an independent study course with Tom Hill, during which I wrote “The Boyhood Deeds of Jesus”. Tales of Jesus’s childhood are fairly common in the Middle Ages, stemming originally from the apocryphal Gospel of Thomas, I think. Childhood tales are also common for Irish heroes, and the literature’s main characters – Cu Chulainn and Fionn mac Cumhaill – both have boyhood deeds stories. I took Thomas’s account of childhood Jesus and rewrote it in the style of Irish legends. In an effort to add content, I’m sending up “The Boyhood Deeds of Jesus” in the next post.

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