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The Illegitimacy of Jesus: Strong Publics in Conflict

The Illegitimacy of Jesus: Strong Publics in Conflict

Chapter:
(p.185) 8 The Illegitimacy of Jesus: Strong Publics in Conflict
Source:
Who Owns Religion?
Author(s):
Laurie L. Patton
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226676036.003.0009

This chapter discusses the 1987 work of Jane Schaberg. Focusing on the Gospel of Matthew, Schaberg summarizes the arguments for the Gospel text being about an illegitimate conception rather than a miraculous Virgin Birth. It highlights Schaberg's argument that Matthew never explicitly mentions a miraculous conception, only a providential one. Gabriel's visitation allows Joseph a righteous and legal solution to the dilemma of his betrothed's pregnancy. The chapter also explains the use of the term “virgin” in the Matthean account, which stresses that before Mary became pregnant with Jesus, Mary was a virgin. Schaberg suggests that Jesus was a result of adultery or rape.

Keywords:   Jane Schaberg, Gospel of Matthew, illegitimate conception, Virgin Birth, adultery, rape

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