might be known whom GOD had appointed to have charge of her as she grew up to womanhood.
Again we are told how when on one occasion she was hungry, a date-palm 1 of itself
offered its fruit for her acceptance. All these and many similar apocryphal legends are to be found
in the "Protevangelium of James," the "Pseudo-Matthew," the "Gospel of the
Nativity of Mary" and similar works, some of which are of very early 2 date, all of
those we have mentioned having been composed long before Muhammad's time. So also with reference to
Christ Himself, the accounts which Muhammad gives of His birth and miracles are based upon those
contained in the "Gospel of the Pseudo-Thomas," a very early3 work, and also
upon certain particulars now found recorded in the "Arabic Gospel of the Infancy,"