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A Virgin Birth And A Persecuted Child (Mt. 1–2 And Cg V 78,18–26)

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If Mt.'s source was more or less closely similar to the story-cycle in Apocalypse of Adam (ApocAd), we have seen reason to think that virgin birth, as a special case of mythological themes concerning an unnatural or paradoxical birth, was one of the basic ideas which had drawn the legendary tales together in the first place. "He came from a virgin womb", says the Third Kingdom's story. But no such statement is to be found in the Iranian traditions about Farīdūn. Yet there is much to suggest that the version in ApocAd is doing no more than make explicit implications that must have been realised earlier. One of the most important pieces of evidence for the development of the Farīdūn-myth is preserved in the Bundahišn XXXI, on the race and genealogy of the Kayanid dynasty.

Keywords:Apocalypse of Adam (ApocAd); Farīdūn; Matthew; Mt.1-2; virgin birth



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