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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

John 3:3–21

THEME

The nature of faith

SETTING

c.27–29 CE Roman Palestine.

KEY FIGURES

Jesus The Messiah and Son of God, who requires that people believe in Him in order to be saved.

Nicodemus A Jewish leader and teacher who came to question Jesus. After Jesus’s death, he brings myrrh and aloes to embalm His body with strips of linen.

Different religious leaders come to test Jesus as He grows in popularity as a teacher. Some listen to His public preaching; others examine Him in more private settings. One leader, a Pharisee named Nicodemus, comes to Jesus with questions. A member of the Sanhedrin, the ruling religious council, ...

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