Nicodemus asked a question (Jn 3:4-3:4)


Said to Jesus.

‘How can anyone

Be born

After having grown old?

Can one enter

A second time

Into his mother’s womb

And be born?’”

λέγει πρὸς αὐτὸν ὁ Νικόδημος Πῶς δύναται ἄνθρωπος γεννηθῆναι γέρων ὤν; μὴ δύναται εἰς τὴν κοιλίαν τῆς μητρὸς αὐτοῦ δεύτερον εἰσελθεῖν καὶ γεννηθῆναι;

John uniquely indicated that Nicodemus took this response to be a literal second birth.  He said to Jesus (λέγει πρὸς αὐτὸν ὁ Νικόδημος) that he wanted to know how could any man (Πῶς δύναται ἄνθρωπος γεννηθῆναι) be able to get back (μὴ δύναται) into the womb of his mother (εἰς τὴν κοιλίαν τῆς μητρὸς αὐτοῦ), as an old (γέρων ὤν) man.  How could he go into the womb and come out born a second time (δεύτερον εἰσελθεῖν καὶ γεννηθῆναι)?  This was a double entendre or a play on words, since Nicodemus took this saying at face value.  Is this one of the problems with the born-again Christian movement?  Is it too literal?  Do you believe in being born again?

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