The indefatigable Religion meets Science reporter Owen Jarus gave a very generous summary of a chapter I contributed to volume 2 of the MNTA series published by Eerdmans, edited by Tony Burke.
It’s a little known crusader-era tale about San Dimas (Saint Dysmas) being a border guard between Israel and Egypt and his decision to practice civil disobedience to allow a very special group of impoverished refugees (Joseph, Mary, and Jesus) find asylum. While it’s an 800 year old Latin story, for some reason it feels strangely contemporary.
Thanks to many who contributed in various ways to the research, editing and publication of this chapter: Tony Burke for the invitation to contribute and always rigorous editing; Brandon W. Hawk for his expert guidance about all things Pseudo-Matthew; John Kloppenborg and Jos Verheyden for the invitation to present at KU Leuven (which allowed me to travel to Namur, Belgium and photograph the one of a kind medieval manuscript); and Tom Phillips for being my travel buddy to Namur and helping me photograph the relevant portion of the manuscript. My new Latin critical edition of the text (CANT 78.2), along with editions of two other notable medieval legends of the good bandit (CANT 78.3, 78.4), is currently under review by the journal Apocrypha.