Virgin mother or bastard child?

Show simple item record Crossan, John Dominic 2010-02-08T06:48:55Z 2010-02-08T06:48:55Z 2003
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dc.description.abstract Virginal conception presumes divine intervention, but divine intervention does not necessarily presume virginal conception. In the case of Mary, two phenomena, both unusual in Jewish tradition, are found, namely divine and virginal conception. This article argues that the virginity claim by Christian Jews preceded and generated the accusation by non-Christian Jews. It does so by stating three points. Firstly, that the earliest dated text containing the accusation of Jesus’ bastardy is dependent on the redactional text of Matthew. Secondly, that the general structure of Matthew 1-2 and especially its dyad of Divorce and Remarriage is dependent on the popular traditions about Moses’ conception and birth. Thirdly, that the pre-Matthean tradition of divine and virginal conception is rather a reaction against Roman tradition than coming from Jewish tradition. However, this argument does not take Jesus out of Jewish tradition but, places the Judaism of Jesus’ time firmly within the Roman Empire. It is a Judaism which opposed Rome’s ideological ascendancy and theological eschatology. This article will also be published in A Feminist Companion to (Mariology) or (the Jesus Movement), edited by Amy-Jill Levine, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press. en
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dc.identifier.citation Crossan, JD 2003, 'Virgin mother or bastard child?', HTS Teologiese Studies/ Theological Studies, vol. 59, no. 3, pp. 663-691.[] en
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria en_US
dc.rights Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria en_US
dc.subject Divine intervention en
dc.subject.lcsh Virgin birth -- History of doctrines en
dc.subject.lcsh Virginity -- Religious aspects -- Christianity en
dc.subject.lcsh Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint -- Virginity en
dc.subject.lcsh Jesus Christ -- Historicity en
dc.subject.lcsh Tradition (Judaism) en
dc.title Virgin mother or bastard child? en
dc.type Article en

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