While perusing the Gospels this morning over coffee, I ran across a note in my Bible about the virgin birth of Jesus. The virgin birth stories are found only in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The rest of the New Testament writers either didn’t know anything about it or thought that it must have been so insignificant that no one mentions it. Paul mentions Jesus’ birth twice (Romans 1:3 and Galatians 4:4) but never says that there was anything spectacular or that it was a virgin birth.
Galatians 4:4 “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law…”
According to Matthew the virgin birth was to fulfill a prophecy (Isaiah 7:14). However, scholars say that “virgin” was a mistranslation in the Septuagint (the Greek translation) and should have read “young woman.” Also, the verse quoted in Isaiah has nothing to do with Jesus’ birth and was taken out of context. Not knowing Hebrew or Greek and I couldn’t tell you one way or the other which is correct. What about you?
All throughout history there have been many gods and goddesses born of a virgin that pre-date Jesus, such as Krishna, Odysseus, Romulus, Dionysus, Heracles, Glycon, Zoroaster and Horus to name a few. This is just a small list that I got from my buddy, Google. I’ve never studied any of these mythological gods before so I won’t respond if you ask me.
Ever since the Bible was canonized it has had plurality in translation and interpretation. Just think, though. If Christianity were a unified religion with one translation and one interpretation, we wouldn’t require so many priests, pastors, ministers, preachers, cardinals, bishops, deacons, presbyters, subdeacons, apologists, etc. The Christian Book industry would collapse because there would be no need for commentary books or books that tell you what the Bible really says. But best of all, we could all read the same Bible and have a same understanding. Just my thoughts! What are yours?
More coffee, please!
3 thoughts on “Like a Virgin!”
I’ve always wondered how Jesus’ heritage was traced back through Joseph’s family when Joseph was not the father…assuming a virgin birth.
Given at the time of the translations the extremely high value placed on purity, the myth of the virgin birth magnified. Such was a necessity to place additional supremacy to the existence of Jesus. I also believe that belief in the myth of the virginal birth was a testimony of faith from the religious establishment in order to guarantee dominance over the faithful.
Vic, just got caught up on your blog, and I always enjoy your forth right research. I wish more people had the same drive for truth that you show instead of complete apathy that many manifest in their lives.