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[XTalk] Re: Bethlehem, Galilee?

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  • mwgrondin <mwgrondin@comcast.net>
    ... The footnote on p.6 of _Rabbi Jesus_, as follows: Joseph s first marriage has been recognized from the fourth century, by a theologian and historian named
    Message 1 of 3 , Dec 30, 2002
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      I had written:
      > Chilton does provide support for Joseph having a first wife ..
      Bill Foley asks:
      > How's he do this?

      The footnote on p.6 of _Rabbi Jesus_, as follows:

      "Joseph's first marriage has been recognized from the fourth
      century, by a theologian and historian named Epiphanius; see
      Richard Bauckham, 'The Brothers and Sisters of Jesus: An
      Epiphanian Response to John P. Meier,' Catholic Biblical
      Quarterly 56 (1994) 686-700"

      In the end-book notes on chapter 1, Chilton comments further:

      "Bauckham's article (cited in note 4) and the article by John P.
      Meier that he responds to, are both classics. Here, in a Catholic
      journal, a Protestant scholar (Bauckham) defends the notion that
      Joseph had been married previously, which holds the door open for
      the possibility that Mary was a virgin at the time of Jesus' birth,
      while a Catholic scholar and a priest (Meier) insists that if Jesus'
      older siblings are called his brothers, they were the children of
      the same parents, Joseph and Mary." (RJ, p.294)

      In contrast, with respect to Chilton's claim that Joseph resided
      in Bethlehem of Galilee, I can find no support at all in RJ - not
      even a reference to Neusner on that point, as one might expect.
      Chilton seems content in RJ to point out that there _was_ a
      Bethlehem of Galilee, and to infer from that that Jesus must
      have been born there, and thus that Joseph must have resided
      there before he met Mary of Nazareth.

      Mike Grondin
      Mt. Clemens, MI
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