The History of Joseph the Carpenter is a compilation of traditions concerning Mary, mother of Jesus and the "holy family," probably composed in Byzantine Egypt in Greek but surviving only in Coptic and Arabic language translation.The text gives support to the doctrine of perpetual virginity of Mary. It is one of the texts within the New Testament apocrypha concerned with period of Jesus' life before he was 12.
|Year Written: (Assumed)||550-650 AD|
Pseudepigrapha are falsely-attributed works, texts whose claimed author is not the true author, or a work whose real author attributed it to a figure of the past. Thus a widely accepted but incorrect attribution of authorship may make a completely authentic text pseudepigraphical which requires the discipline of literary criticism.
In biblical studies, the term pseudepigrapha typically refers to an assorted collection of Jewish religious works thought to be written between 300 BC to 300 AD.
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