How does the Jewish phrase “born again” relate to Yeshua’s new usage?


To answer your question, the term “born again” actually had six meanings in Rabbinic Judaism:

1. Gentile converting to Judaism

2. Being crowned king

3. Bar mitzvah (Jewish confirmation at age 13)

4. Being married

5. Being ordained a rabbi

6. Becoming the head of a rabbinic academy

The six ways of being born again in Pharisaic Judaism all had physical connotations. What Jesus did was give it a spiritual connotation in reference to spiritual rebirth.

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