Christ, Jesus, 02: Birth and Infancy Narratives
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Only limited information about the birth and childhood of Jesus can be historically verified, and the earliest narratives have been embellished with elements from the Old Testament and contemporary Jewish and Greco-Roman traditions about events surrounding the birth of famous figures. The oldest references to and …

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Aasgaard, Reidar, “Christ, Jesus, 02: Birth and Infancy Narratives”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 20 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180922

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