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NON-CANONICAL GOSPELS

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Andrew, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot; and I called you, Mat­ thew, while you were sitting at the tax collector’s booth, and you followed me. I want you, therefore, to be the twelve apostles as a witness to Israel.” (Epiphan­ ius, Panarion, 30, 13, 2–3)

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Again they deny that he was a man, even basing their view on the word the Savior spoke when it was reported to him, “See, your mother and brothers are standing outside.” “Who,” he asked, “is my mother and brothers?” Stretching out his hand to his disciples he said, “These are my brothers and mother and sisters— those who do the will of my Father.” (Epiphanius, Panarion, 30, 14, 5)

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They do not allege that he was born from God the Father, but that he

was created as one of the archangels, yet was made greater than they, since he rules over the angels and all things made by the Almighty. And, as found in their Gos­ pel, they say that when he came he taught, “I have come to destroy the sac­ rifices. And if you do not stop making sacrifice, God’s wrath will not stop af­ flicting you.” (Epiphanius, Panarion, 30, 16, 4–5)

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They have changed the saying and abandoned its true sequence, as is clear to everyone who considers the com­ bination of the words. For they have the disciples say, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Pass­ over lamb?” And they indicate that he responded, “I have no desire to eat the meat of this Passover lamb with you.” (Epiphanius, Panarion, 30, 22, 4)

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