Re: Man born blind

On Sat, 15 Oct 1994, Donn Leatherman wrote:

> 	I am unaware of any belief in reincarnation or transmigration of 
> souls among first-century Jews.  In fact, the supposition of such a 
> belief seems to weaken the force of this passage.  The strength of the 
> dilemma posed in the question asked by the disciples lies in the fact 
> that both alternatives proposed defy customary notions of divine 
> justice.  
> 	"Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"  
> Implies two possibilities:
> a.	That God would punish a child (an unborn child, at that) for the 
> sins of his parents, or
> b.	That God would punish a person for sins before that person had 
> committed them.

I have a great deal of difficulty with interpretation #2.  It seems more
likely that some theory of pre-existence is implied, but I am open to
contrary evidence.