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7 hours ago, yaleyaleyale said:

Can someone help me understand the use of the dative below?

Dies ist der Anfang des Evangeliums von Jesus Christus, dem Sohn Gottes,

In other languages would have expected this to be a nominative or a genitive. But why the dative here?

Because "von Jesus Christus" is in the dative case, "Sohn Gottes" needs to be in the dative case as well because there needs to be agreement with the antecedent (reference word). 

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