As a modern restoration in the more complex and descriptive style of our day, the work "Childhood of Jesus" still reflects the Aramaic simplicity of the original Book of James or First Gospel which is to be found in the Apocrypha under the Infancy Gospels as the Book of James or the Proto-Gospel.
Famous scholars of apocryphal literature have expressed their belief that a number of early gospels dealing with the infancy of Jesus are based on a First Gospel written in the earliest years of the Christian Era. Many remarkable similarities may be found between the newly restored Childhood of Jesus and its other self, the Proto-gospel. More than this, the newly restored work that claims to be the product of divine inspiration to Jakob Lorber, our humble musician of some fame in mid nineteenth century Austria, here presents a stunning number of changed lives.
The very tone of The Childhood of Jesus is permeated with a feeling of the home-like atmosphere and down-to-earth manner of the house of Joseph. It has a neighborly charm that in its first-hand perspective puts the reader right into the picture in some marvelous way as a very member of that exalted family. This particularly becomes evident with every human problem that is solved therein. A wonderful wisdom is gained from the Christ Child, who is the most captivating of a select group of lovable and wise characters.
These include the wise and devout Joseph as the head of the exalted family, the lovely and ever concerned Mary as his devoted wife, the five sons of Joseph, the fiery Roman governor Cyrenius (Luke 12) who is transformed from a great lord of the glory of Rome into a forerunner of the Apostle Paul under the guidance of the Divine Spirit that had its abode in the Christ Child and many more like captain Cornelius, brother of Cyrenius, and Maronius Pilla the former high commissioner for Jerusalem.
In this work we witness in detail the extraordinary incidents accompanying the birth of Jesus, the flight to Egypt under the protection of the Roman governor for "Asia Minor", and noteworthy events during the three years in Ostracine, the coastal town southwest of Gaza where the Holy Family resided. Finally the return to Nazareth and Jesus‘ life until his episode in the temple (See separate chapter "The Tree Days in the Temple").
The "Christmas Story" represents the first three dozen chapters of the Childhood of Jesus. You can subscibe to it here.