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Jesus – illegitimate?

Jewish custom required that so long as the son of an adulteress lived a life pleasing to God, nothing insulting should be said about his birth.  But if he became an apostate, his illegitimate birth should be spoken of publicly and unsparingly.  So now the people of Nazareth recalled the rumors concerning the birth of Christ, and openly threw that fact at Him as an insult.  The religious leaders did it later in John 8:41–they said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father: God.”  Mark includes this here because He knows of the virgin birth, but these people used these rumors as an excuse to reject Christ and call Him an apostate.  And finally they threw down a final insult—

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