Women Of The
First Infancy Gospel of Jesus Christ
Mary: Daughter of Anna
and Joachim, wife of Joseph the carpenter, mother of Jesus, the
1st Infancy 1:5 Joseph therefore
arose, and with Mary his spouse he went to Jerusalem, and then came
to Bethlehem, that he and his family might be taxed in the city of
his fathers. 6
And when they came by the cave, Mary confessed to Joseph that her
time of bringing forth was come, and she could not go on to the
city, and said, Let us go into this cave.
The Old Hebrew Woman: A woman who
went with Joseph to the cave where Mary gave birth to Jesus
1st Infancy 1:8 But Joseph hastened
away, that he might fetch her a mid-wife; and when he saw an old
Hebrew woman who was of Jerusalem, he said to her, Pray come hither,
good woman, and go into that cave, and you will there see a woman
just ready to bring forth. 9
It was after sunset, when the old woman and Joseph with her reached
the cave, and they both went into it.
behold, it was all filled with lights, greater than the light of
lamps and candles, an, greater than the light of the sun itself
Hannah: A prophetess who was present
when Jesus was presented at the temple
1st Infancy 2:10 Hannah the
prophetess was also present, and drawing near, she gave praises to
God, and celebrated the happiness of Mary.
A Woman Possessed With
A Devil: This woman would stand at a crossroads, naked, and throw
stones at men
Mary took pity on her and Satan left her in the form of a young man.
1st Infancy 6:1
Then they went into another city where there was a woman possessed
with a devil, and in whom Satan, that cursed rebel, had taken up his
One night, when she went to fetch water, she could neither endure
her clothes on, nor to be in any house; but as often as they tied
her with chains or cords, she brake them, and went out into desert
places, and sometimes standing where roads crossed, and in
churchyards, would throw stones at men.
3 When St.
Mary saw this woman, she pitied her; whereupon Satan presently left
her, and fled away in the form of a young man, saying, Wo to me,
because of thee, Mary, and thy son.
4 So the woman was delivered from
her torment; but considering herself naked, she blushed, and avoided
seeing any man, and having put on her clothes, went home, and gave
an account of her case to her father and relations, who, as they
were the best of the city, entertained St. Mary and Joseph with the
The Deaf And Dumb
Bride: A young woman was made dumb by the arts of Satan and the
practices of sorcerers
When she saw Mary and the infant Jesus entering the town, she
snatched the infant from Mary, hugging, kissing, and pressing him
close to her body. When she did this, the deafness and dumbness left
1st Infancy 6:5
The next morning having received a sufficient
supply of provisions for the road, they went from them, and about
the evening of the day arrived at another town, where a marriage was
then about to be solemnized; but by the arts of Satan and the
practices of some sorcerers, the bride was become so dumb, that she
could not so much as open her mouth.
6 But when
this dumb bride saw the Lady St. Mary entering into the town, and
carrying the Lord Christ in her arms, she stretched out her hands to
the Lord Christ, and took him in her arms, and closely hugging him,
very often kissed him, continually moving him and pressing him to
her body. 7
Straightway the string of her tongue was
loosed, and her ears were opened, and she began to sing praises unto
God, who had restored her. 8
So there was great joy among the inhabitants of the town that night,
who thought that God and his angels were come down among them.
The Gentlewoman: A
woman that was afflicted by Satan who came to her every night in the
form of a serpent
When she held the infant Jesus, Satan fled and never returned.
1st Infancy 6:11
There was in this city a gentlewoman, who, as she went down one day
to the river to bathe, behold cursed Satan leaped upon her in the
form of a serpent, 12
And folded himself about her belly, and every night lay upon her.
This woman seeing the Lady St. Mary, and the Lord Christ the infant
in her bosom, asked the Lady St. Mary, that she would give her the
child to kiss, and carry in her arms.
14 When she had consented, and
as soon as the woman had moved the child, Satan left her, and fled
away, nor did the woman ever afterwards see him.
The Girl With Leprosy:
A girl afflicted with leprosy cleansed by the bath water of the
She received permission to travel with Mary, Joseph, and the infant.
She was later given as a wife to the man who had been bewitched.
1st Infancy 6:17
And there was a girl there, whose body was
white with a leprosy, who being sprinkled with this water, and
washed, was instantly cleansed from her leprosy.
people therefore said Without doubt Joseph and Mary, and that boy
are Gods, for they do not look like mortals.
The Prince’s Wife: The
wife of the Prince bore a leprous son and the Prince refused to
claim the child as his own
The girl traveling with Mary and Joseph told her how the bathwater
had cured her disease. She took perfumed water, washed the infant
Jesus, took the water and poured it on her son. He was healed
1st Infancy 6:20
Here they staid, and when the girl went one day to the prince's
wife, and found her in a sorrowful and mournful condition, she asked
her the reason of her tears. 21
She replied, Wonder not at my groans, for I am under a great
misfortune, of which I dare not tell any one.
says the girl, if you will entrust me with your private grievance,
perhaps I may find you a remedy for it.
therefore, says the prince's wife, shalt keep the secret, and not
discover it to any one alive! 24
I have been married to this prince, who rules as king over large
dominions, and lived long with him, before he had any child by me.
At length I conceived by him, but alas! I brought forth a leprous
son; which, when he saw, he would not own to be his, but said to me,
(Read the whole account at 1st Infancy Chapter 6)
Mary(1st Wife): The
mother of Caleb, who was ill
Mary gave the swaddling clothes of the infant Jesus to her and she
made a coat from them. When she put the coat on Caleb, he was
instantly cured of his illness.
1st Infancy 10:1
There were in the same city two wives of one man, who had each a son
sick. One of them was called Mary and her son's name was Caleb.
She arose, and taking her son, went to the Lady St. Mary, the mother
of Jesus, and offered her a very handsome carpet, saying, O my Lady
Mary accept this carpet of me, and instead of it give me a small
swaddling cloth. 3
To this Mary agreed, and when the mother of Caleb was gone, she made
a coat for her son of the swaddling cloth, put it on him, and his
disease was cured; but the son of the other wife died.
2nd Wife: She also had
an ailing son, but she refused to listen to Mary and her son died
She was jealous that Caleb had lived and her son had not. She took
Caleb and threw him into a fire and then into a well, but no harm
came to him either time. For her evil actions, she fell into the
well and died.
1st Infancy 10:5
And when the turn of Mary the mother of Caleb came, and she was
heating the oven to bake bread, and went away to fetch the meal, she
left her son Caleb by the oven; 6
Whom, the other wife, her rival,
seeing to be by himself took and cast him into the oven, which was
very hot, and then went away. 7
Mary on her return saw her son
Caleb lying in the middle of the oven laughing, and the oven quite
as cold as though it had not been before heated, and knew that her
rival the other wife had thrown him into the fire.
8 When she
took him out she brought him to the Lady St Mary, and told her the
story to whom she replied, Be quiet, I am concerned lest thou
shouldest make this matter known. 9
After this her rival, the other wife, as she was drawing water at
the well, and saw Caleb playing by the well, and that no one was
near, took him, and threw him into the well.
10 And when
some men came to fetch water from the well they saw the boy sitting
on the superficies of the water, an drew him out with ropes, and
were exceedingly surprised a the child, and praised God.
Accordingly a few days after, when the other wife came to the well
to draw water, her foot was entangled in the rope, so that she fell
headlong into the well, and they who ran to her assistance, found
her skull broken, and bones bruised.
The Woman With Two
Sick Sons: One of her sons died, the other was at the point of death
Mary had her put the child in the bed where the infant Jesus had
slept and was told to cover him with the clothes worn by Jesus. He
was healed by the smell of the garments of the Christ. This child is
said to be Bartholomew.
1st Infancy 11:1
Another woman in that city had likewise two sons sick.
2 And when
one was dead, the other, who lay at the point of death, she took in
her arms to the Lady St. Mary, and in a flood of tears addressed
herself to her, saying, 3
O my Lady, help and relieve me; for I had
two sons the one I have just now buried, the other I see is just at
the point of death, behold how I (earnestly) seek favour from God,
and pray to him. 4
Then she said, O Lord, thou art gracious, and merciful, and kind;
thou hast given me two sons; one of them thou hast taken to thyself,
O spare me this other. 5
St. Mary then perceiving the greatness of her sorrow, pitied her and
said, Do thou place thy son in my son's bed, and cover him with his
And when she had placed him in the bed wherein Christ lay, at the
moment when his eyes were just closed by death; as soon as ever the
smell of the garments of the Lord Jesus Christ reached the boy, his
eyes were opened, and calling with a loud voice to his mother, he
asked for bread, and when he had received it, he sucked it.
The Girl That Was Afflicted By Satan: Satan
often appeared to the girl in the form of a dragon and sucked her
Mary gave her the bathwater of Jesus and a piece of swaddling cloth.
When the girl put the swaddling cloth on her head, flame and burning
coals came out of the cloth, fell on the dragon, and he withdrew.
1st Infancy 13:1
Again there was also a girl, who was afflicted by Satan;
that cursed spirit did frequently appear to her in the shape of a
dragon, and was inclined to swallow her up, and had so sucked out
all her blood, that she looked like a dead carcase.
often as she came to herself, with her hands wringed about her head
she would cry out, and say, Wo, Wo is me, that there is no one to be
found who can deliver me from that impious dragon!
soon as ever she had done speaking, she arose and went with her
daughter to the place appointed, and to Mary, and told her the case
of her daughter. 12
When St. Mary had heard her story, she gave her a little of the
water with which she had washed the body of her son Jesus, and bade
her pour it upon the body of her daughter.
Likewise she gave her one of the swaddling cloths of the Lord Jesus,
and said, Take this swaddling cloth and shew it to thine enemy as
often as thou seest him; and she sent them away in peace.
they had left that city and returned home, and the time was come in
which Satan was wont to seize her, in the same moment this cursed
spirit appeared to her in the shape of a huge dragon, and the girl
seeing him was afraid. 15
The mother said to her, Be not afraid daughter; let him alone till
he come nearer to thee! then shew him the swaddling cloth, which the
Lady Mary gave us, and we shall see the event.
then coming like a dreadful dragon, the body of the girl trembled
for fear. 17
But as soon as she had put the swaddling cloth upon her head, and
about her eyes, and shewed it to him, presently there issued forth
from the swaddling cloth flames and burning coals, and fell upon the
Oh! how great a miracle was this, which was done: as soon as the
dragon saw the swaddling cloth of the Lord Jesus, fire went forth
and was scattered upon his head and eyes; so that he cried out with
a loud voice, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou son of Mary,
Whither shall I flee from thee? 19
So he drew back much affrighted, and left the girl.
she was delivered from this trouble, and sang praises and thanks to
God, and with her all who were present at the working of the
The Woman With The Possessed Son: When possessed, the boy would
bite anyone around him and even attack himself
The child’s name was Judas. When he was brought to where Jesus was
playing with other boys, he tried to bite him. He couldn’t so he
struck him. When he did, Satan ran out of the boy, Judas. (Said to
be Judas Iscariot)
woman likewise lived there, whose son was possessed by Satan.
This boy, named Judas, as often as Satan seized him, was inclined to
bite all that were present; and if he found no one else near him, he
would bite his own hands and other parts.
But the mother of this miserable boy, hearing of St. Mary and her
son Jesus, arose presently, and taking her son in her arms, brought
him to the Lady Mary.
In the meantime, James
and Joses had taken away the infant, the Lord Jesus, to play at a
proper season with other children; and when they went forth, they
sat down and the Lord Jesus with them.
Then Judas, who was
possessed, came and sat down at the right hand of Jesus.
When Satan was acting
upon him as usual, he went about to bite the Lord Jesus.
And because he could not do it, he struck Jesus on the right side,
so that he cried out.
And in the same moment
Satan went out of the boy, and ran away like a mad dog.
This same boy who struck Jesus, and out of whom Satan went in the
form of a dog, was Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him to the Jews.
And that same side, on which Judas struck him, the Jews pierced with