Philology and Oral History

Territories in Question: Routes in Territories
The Story of the Christ, and the Blacksmith, and the Apocryphal Gospel of Thomas
By Ilona Nagy


The typological identity between the legends contained in the apocryphal gospels and oral history narratives from the 19th and 20th century was often acknowledged, but philological research in this field is not yet ended. The texts of the apocryphal gospels have not been investigated by folklorists. This study shows the similarity between the story of the dyer in its various versions and the tale type « Christ and the Smith ».


  • apocryphal gospels
  • gospel of thomas
  • tale
  • « Christ and the Smith » (tale type)
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