Nicodemus plays a small but important role in the New Testament. He appears in three chapters in John’s gospel. His exchange with Jesus in John 3 includes probably the best-known verse in all Scripture, John 3:16.
What do we know about Nicodemus and his background?
- He was a Pharisee. Therefore, he may have been educated as a rabbi.
- He was a ruler of the Jews.
- His parents gave him a Greek name.
- Jesus fascinated him.
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Let’s take a closer look at him, and then his relationship with Jesus.