Apocryphal infancy narratives have evoked ambivalent reactions since their time of origin: vehemently rejected and often criticized in the strongest terms by the Church, these non-canonical texts gained enormous popularity with ordinary people. However, only recent research deals in an unbiased way with the stories by concentrating on the actual content for the first time without obsessively theologizing it ? in particular the Infancy Gospel of Thomas, which is problematic due to its partly violent portrayals, has been met with a number of positive interpretation approaches. Hence, the present work provides not only an overview of the most well known apocryphal infancy narratives, but also it deals with a modern approach to these centuries old controversial texts. Additionally, it presents an insight into the world of children at the time of Antiquity ? a world that, thanks to the childhood Apocrypha?s minor protagonists, clearly comes to light, thus allowing a rare look at the early Christian child's everyday life.