[XTalk] Re: Bethlehem, Galilee?
- 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.
Mt. Clemens, MI