Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren


//Were Jesus and John, son of Elizabeth, really related? Most scholars doubt it, assuming this relationship to be a literary creation of Luke. Or, equally likely, a story Luke had collected. More evidence points to the idea that Jesus was originally a follower of John the Baptist. I’ve discussed this topic before, so I won’t repeat myself.

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But if it isn’t true, why does Luke report them as cousins? It seems to be Luke’s personal conclusion, based on a typology of Old Testament relations. Here’s how it works.


Jesus’ mother’s name is Mary. John’s mother’s name, according to Luke (only), is Elizabeth. The only other Elizabeth (written in Hebrew as Elisheba) in the Bible is the wife of Aaron, the brother of Moses. Moses’ sister’s name was Miriam, a form of Mary. So, in the story of Moses, Mary and Elizabeth are sisters-in-law, and their offspring would be first cousins. 


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You can no longer trust the scriptures historicallyFor reasons we cannot understand the gospel writers made up a whole lot In fact you cannot take any of it literally everThat’s why you have to trust in your own Holy Spirit to enlighten you with what is truthIf you are a believer your father will reveal everything to you no differently than he did for JesusThe scriptures are best left to scholars who can be bothered interpreting themThe quick route to your own peace of mind is very close at hand


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