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Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin, who showed favor to Jesus Christ. He appears three times in the Gospel of John: the first is when he visits Jesus one night to listen to his teachings (3:1-21); the second is when he states the law concerning the arrest of Jesus during the Feast of Tabernacles (7:45-51); and the last follows the Crucifixion, when he assists Joseph of Arimathea in preparing the corpse of Jesus for burial (20:39-42).

An apocryphal work exists, called the Gospel of Nicodemus, which recounts the harrowing of Hell.

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