These are my notes on the surviving excerpts available from the so-called Gospel of the Nazoreans:
– The Gospel of the Nazoreans does not exist, except as excerpts from the writings Jerome and Eusebius.
– It appears to be an alternative form or expansion on the Gospel of Matthew. Most of Jerome comments discuss textual variations between the First Gospels and this Gospel. Some of the variants are larger, such as the story of the “Rich Young Ruler” and the Parable of the Prodigal Son.
– Interestingly, this Gospel seems to address the question of “Why was Jesus baptized?” Jesus says, “Wherein have I sinned that I should go and be baptized by him [John]?”
– According to Jerome, some said this Gospel was translated from Hebrew, and that it was the “authentic” Gospel of Matthew.