I have been reading on the Hebrews in an attempt to broaden my understanding of the context of first century Judea.
Particularly, I have been interested in the 'Pharisees' and how they fit in. So, of course, I went to wiki, linked on the term.
There, of course, I found a source for a juicy new (for me) term :
The Pharisaic position is exemplified by the assertion that "A learned mamzer takes precedence over an ignorant High Priest." (A mamzer, according to the Pharisaic definition, is an outcast child born of a forbidden relationship, such as adultery or incest, in which marriage of the parents could not lawfully occur. The word is often, but incorrectly, translated as "illegitimate".
A mamzer. Does that sound like anybody we might have heard about?
I wonder why it would be worse to be a child of parents who can't marry for some reason even if they wanted to than being a child of parents who are already married to someone else. Shouldn't it be the reverse? Though in fact I don't understand the idea that children should bear the sin of their parents...
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