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Re: legitimacy and Nicodemus

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  • joe baxter
    For what it s worth, the issue of legitimacy is directly touched upon in the Gospel of Nicodemus. In that Gospel certain Jews charge that Jesus was born of
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 1, 1998
      For what it's worth, the issue of legitimacy is directly touched upon in the
      Gospel of Nicodemus. In that Gospel certain Jews charge that Jesus was born
      of fornication. Jesus' supporters in turn point out that Joseph was
      betrothed to Mary before the conception and therefore he was not born of
      fornication. No mention is made of virgin birth.

      The Gospel purports to be an official record of Jesus' trial. Justin in fact
      claimed that such a record existed. The prevailing view, however, seems to
      be that the Gospel was written in the third century. Whatever the case,
      apparently there were some early Christians who, while not believing in the
      virgin birth, believed Jesus was a son of Joseph conceived after the betrothal.

      With kind regards,

      Joe
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