Demons in Letters of Herod & Pilate, Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew, Infancy of the Saviour & Book of Jubilees

Herein we continue, from part 1, part 2, considering Demons within texts generally termed the Apocrypha, Deutero Canonical, Pseudepigrapha, Gnostic Texts, etc. (see my article on the Apocrypha here).

Herein we continue, from part 1, part 2, considering Demons within texts generally termed the Apocrypha, Deutero Canonical, Pseudepigrapha, Gnostic Texts, etc. (see my article on the Apocrypha here). The fuller complete result consists of quotations of those sections within the text that refer to Angels, Cherubim, Seraphim, Devil, Satan, demons, serpent and dragon. The point is not to elucidate these references but to provide relevant partial quotations and citations. See my section on Angels in general and in apocryphal texts here. See my section on Cherubim and Seraphim in general and in apocryphal texts here and Satan in apocryphal texts here.

Demons in Letters of Herod and Pilate, Connecting Roman History with the Death of Christ at Jerusalem, Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew aka Gospel of the Birth of Mary, Arabic Gospel of the Infancy of the Saviour and Book of Jubilees

Letters of Herod and Pilate, Connecting Roman History with the Death of Christ at Jerusalem – 150-255 AD
Those men, therefore, not enduring to be so harassed by demons, removed the vessel of cursing from them and sent it to be buried in the territory of Losania.

Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew aka Gospel of the Birth of Mary – 600 to 625 AD
26 Then one of those children, a son of the devil, moved with envy, shut the passages which supplied the pools with water, and overthrew what Jesus had built up.

Arabic Gospel of the Infancy of the Saviour
10 This priest had a son, three years old, beset by several demons; and he made many speeches and utterances; and when the demons seized him, he tore his clothes, and remained naked, and threw stones at the people.

11 …the demons, fleeing in the shape of ravens and serpents, began to go forth out of his mouth…When the demons had thrown me on the ground, I went into the hospital…the demons left me and fled.

14 Thereafter they came into another city, where there was a demoniac woman whom Satan, accursed and rebellious, had beset, when on one occasion she had gone out by night for water.

Book of Jubilees – 2nd century BC
1:11-12 And they will make to themselves high places and groves and graven images, and they will worship, each his own (graven image), so as to go astray, and they will sacrifice their children to demons, and to all the works of the error of their hearts.

7:27-28 For I see, and behold the demons have begun (their) seductions against you and against your children and now I fear on your behalf, that after my death ye will shed the blood of men upon the Earth, 28 and that ye, too, will be destroyed from the face of the Earth.

10:1-3 And in the third week of this jubilee the unclean demons began to lead astray the children of the sons of Noah, and to make to err and destroy them. And the sons of Noah came to Noah their father, and they told him concerning the demons which were leading astray and blinding and slaying his sons’ sons.

In the next segment, we will consider Baruch, 4 Maccabees, Tobit and Avenging of the Saviour.

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