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Nicode’mus (conqueror of the people), a Pharisee, a ruler of the Jews and a teacher of Israel, John 3:1, 10, whose secret visit to our Lord was the occasion of the discourse recorded only by St. John. In Nicodemus a noble candor and a simple love of truth shine out in the midst of hesitation and fear of man. He finally became a follower of Christ, and came with Joseph of Arimathæa to take down and embalm the body of Jesus.