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The Nativity of Mary, better known as the Protogospel of Saint James (the title given to it by its first editor in the 16th century), is an apocryphal book of the New Testament written during the 2nd century. The Bodmer copy, which dates from the 3rd century, is the oldest examplar, so close to the date of composition that is the key to the history of this apocryphal gospel's development. It tells the story of Jesus' childhood and was of great importance to the Eastern Churches; it was translated into Syrian, Coptic, Saidic, Arabic, Aramean, Ethiopian and even Slavic. In the West, this apocryphal book was banned by Pope Innocent I in 417.Papyrus, Greek manuscript
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