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THE GOSPEL OF THE NAZAREANS

split apart.” (Jerome, Commentary on Matthew 27, 51)

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In the Gospel according to the He­ brews, which was actually written in the Chaldean or Syriac language but with Hebrew letters, which the Nazareans still use today and which is the Gospel according to the Apostles, or, as most believe, according to Matthew—a Gospel that can also be found in the library of Caesarea—the following story is found: “Behold, the mother of the Lord and his brothers were saying to him, ‘John the Baptist is baptizing for the remission of sins. Let us go and be baptized by him.’ But he replied to them, ‘What sin have I committed that I should go to be baptized by him? Unless possibly what I just said was spoken in ignorance.’ ” (Jerome, Against the Pelagians, 3, 2)

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And in the same volume the following is found: “[Jesus] said, ‘If your brother sins by speaking a word against you, but then makes it up to you, you should accept him seven times a day.’ His disciple Simon said to him, ‘Seven times in a day?’ The Lord responded, ‘Yes indeed, I tell you—even up to seventy times seven! For even among the prophets, after they were anointed by the Holy Spirit, a word of sin was found.’ ” (Jerome, Against the Pelagians, 3, 2)

Variant Readings Noted in New Testament Manuscripts • On Matthew 4:5. The Jewish Gospel does not have, “into the holy city,” but “in Jeru­ salem.” (MS 566) • On Matthew 5:22. The words “without cause” are not present in some copies, nor in the Jewish Gospel. (MS 1424)

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• On Matthew 7:5. In this place the Jewish Gospel reads: “Even if you are resting on my breast but do not do the will of my Father in heaven, I will cast you away from my breast.” (MS 1424) • On Matthew 10:16. The Jewish Gospel says, “more than serpents.” (MS 1424) • On Matthew 11:12. The Jewish Gospel reads, “plunders.” (MS 1424) • On Matthew 11:25. The Jewish Gospel says, “I give you thanks.” (MS 1424) • On Matthew 12:40. The Jewish Gospel does not read, “Three days and three nights.” (MS 899) • On Matthew 15:5. The Jewish Gospel says, “That which you would have had as a benefit from us is now an offering [to the Tem­ ple?].” (MS 1424) • On Matthew 16:2–3. The passages marked with an asterisk are not set forth in other copies, nor in the Jewish Gospel. (MS 1424) • On Matthew 16:17. The Jewish Gospel says, “son of John.” (MS 566) • On Matthew 18:22. After the words “seventy times seven” the Jewish Gospel reads: “For even among the prophets, after they were anointed by the Holy Spirit, a word of sin was found.” (MSS 566, 899) • On Matthew 26:74. The Jewish Gospel says, “And he made a de­ nial, and swore, and cursed.” (MSS 4, 273, 899, 1414) • On Matthew 27:65. The Jewish Gospel says, “And he gave them armed men to sit opposite the cave, to keep watch over it day and night.” (MS 1424)

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