The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #16164   Message #150068
Posted By: Abby Sale
15-Dec-99 - 07:55 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Mary Mild / Bitter Withy / Holy Well
Subject: Bitter Withy
I've been disturbed by my own post here. The blessed Leach wrote that the story is based on hagiographic literature. Hesitant as I am to gainsay the my own mentor, it seems unlikely that the story, no mater how folk Processed, could be based on any Old Testiment story or comment on one. Further my memory insists that I've seen reliable reports it was based on New Testament Apocrypha or Pseudepigrapha. (Or perhaps that's the same thing.) O.T. Apocrypha is easy to come by but N.T. is kinda obscure to me. But I've never seen a specific citation to the possible source.

I found the following as cited. It seems as good a possibility as any. There were other child-play stories for Jesus in other online sources but this seemed closest.

I post for what it's worth.

New Testament Apocrypha