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Why did Paul make so little of the birth of Jesus?

W. A. Sebothoma
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 50, No 3 | a2577 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v50i3.2577 | © 1994 W. A. Sebothoma | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 January 1994 | Published: 14 January 1994

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W. A. Sebothoma, University of South Africa, South Africa

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Abstract

The parameters of the question in the title involve a comparative study of ‘the birth of Jesus’, its historicity or function within the synoptic tradition. The results are weighed against Pauline theology, its thrust as well as conceptual range. The pre-existent aspect of the notion of Messiah, which constitutes the condition for the possibility of the infancy narratives, is scrutinized in order to determine the validity or otherwise of the ‘report’ on ‘the birth of Jesus’.

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