Why Jesus is descendant of Bethsabea, of Raab, of Ruth, etc

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Giuseppe
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Why Jesus is descendant of Bethsabea, of Raab, of Ruth, etc

Post by Giuseppe » Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:47 am

Often we hear that the presence of prostitutes between the ancestors of Jesus is sign of the magnanimity of the Christians, et similia.

Really, I think that their presence is justified by the need to contrast the Gnostic rumors about Jesus being descended in the OT past in the form of any negative anti-nomian OT character: the Serpent and Cain in primis. Without to talk the Gnostic parentage of Jesus (Sabaoth) with the ''prostitute'' Sophia (''prostitute'' as lost for a time in the demiurgical creation).

So the Judaizer could say: yes, Jesus had a negative reputation between the his oldest forms, but that reputation derived from banal OT prostitutes. Nothing of serious.
Nihil enim in speciem fallacius est quam prava religio. -Liv. xxxix. 16.

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