The Nativity Story

A thought: what if the angel Gabriel planted the seed but Joseph fertilized it. It would answer a lot of questions I have.  The prophecy says the Saviour will be of the house of David; Joseph is of David’s line NOT Mary. The prophecy says that Jesus was to be born of the Davidic male line, which was and still is held to be a must for Jewish messiahs.  The Hebrew word translated as “virgin”, “Almah”, (עַלְמָה) should always be translated as “a young woman.” This word alone does not teach us anything about her sexual status.  It simply informs us that she is young – not having reached the age of puberty, she was not yet ready for motherhood. As generally interpreted by Jews, “son of man” denotes mankind generally in contrast to deity or godhead, with special reference to their weakness and frailty.  Jesus very often called himself the “Son of Man”. To be truly a Man he must have a human father AND a human mother. Virgin birth mythology was not part of Hebrew tradition or belief – it was pagan. The Assyrian, Babylonians, Egyptian, both Greek and Latin Zoroastrians, etc. are all rift with the traditions of birth among gods and gods and women. In the Bible God does not “father” specific sons of men. God instead makes barren women fertile; this fits the idea of Jesus being born of the young woman Mary from a seed planted by God. Mainstream scholars agree that the nativity of Jesus, if not taken as historically accurate, should be interpreted within the context of first-century Judaism, not in the context of foreign mythologies, which contain only remote similarities. Paul never speaks of the virginal conception. All we learn from him is that Jesus had a Jewish mother. Most important about the Nativity Story is Mary’s response to the Angel;” Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word”. Unlike Eve she is completely obedient to God.  That acceptance alone redeems her!

About thebows99krug

Hi, I am Eric, a retired librarian. I was born in St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto and raised in the downtown area north of the Art Gallery, south of the University of Toronto. I went to Orde Street Public School, Harbord C.I., University College at the UofT and the UofT's Faculty of Library and Information Science. I meet my wife Patricia at FLIS; our first date was on November 15, 1968. We were engaged February 14, 1969 and married on June 21, 1969. Our family includes son, James; daughter-in-law, Erin; (both writers), grand-daughters, Vivian and Eleanor; and Sonic, a very friendly ginger tabby. My beloved wife died January 7, 2017 and our 19 year old cat Pooka died January 8, 2017. I would like to hear from any other class of '63 alumni of Harbord C.I. and class of '67 alumni of UofT's University College.
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