The following articles are related to the topic of VIRGIN BIRTH

Modernism and the Virgin Birth of Christ

John Dominic Crossan is no stranger to those who are familiar with modern attacks against the Bible. Crossan, a professor at DePaul University, has served as co-chair of the infamous Jesus Seminar-a conglomerate of infidelic, self-styled "intellectuals" who aim to create a "Bible" that conforms to their own faithlessness. Crossan, who has been called "the greatest scholar alive on the ... read more »

Matthew’s Account of the Virgin Birth

Just who was Jesus of Nazareth? Was he "the fruit of an adulterous union of Mary with a certain soldier whose name was Pantheras" as the pagan philosopher, Celsus charged? Was he the natural son of Joseph as German theologian, Adolf Harnack suggested? Or was he, in fact, precisely who he claimed to be, the divine Son of God? In ... read more »

Did Isaiah Prophesy the Virgin Birth of Christ?

"Does Isaiah 7:14 contain a prophecy of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ? Some suggest that Isaiah's statement refers to a 'young woman' (not necessarily a 'virgin') of his day, who would conceive and give birth to a child, and that this event would be a sign to Hezekiah. It is then further said that Matthew took that text and ... read more »

Is the “Virgin Birth” of Jesus Grounded in Paganism?

"A friend says that the Bible account of Jesus' virgin birth is a mere 'myth' that New Testament writers borrowed from the literature of ancient paganism. He says there were many virgin-birth stories, and that the ones in the Gospel accounts are no different from the others. Can you comment on this?" The "pagan myth" charge, relative to the birth ... read more »

Isaiah 7:14 – Did Isaiah Prophesy the Virgin Birth of Christ?

"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel" (Isa. 7:14). Of whom speaketh the prophet?Some, of liberal persuasion, argue that the Hebrew term almah does not mean a virgin, and that this passage refers to some "young married woman known to Isaiah" (Willis, 161). ... read more »

The Alleged Perpetual Virginity of Mary

A few months ago, the world was stunned by the report of a limestone ossuary (bone box), discovered in Jerusalem, bearing the inscription, "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus."A number of prominent scholars believe this box once contained the bones of James, half-brother of Jesus, who is so prominently mentioned in the New Testament (cf. Mt. 13:55-56; Acts 15:13ff; ... read more »

Luke 1:41 – Baby or Fetus?

When the virgin Mary learned that she was pregnant, and that she would bear the Christ child, she journeyed to the hill country of Judea and sought out her kinswoman, Elizabeth. Elizabeth, of course, was also pregnant with the child who would come to be known as John the Baptizer. Luke, the medical doctor (Colossians 4:14) and historian, declares that ... read more »

Five Alleged Mistakes in the Bible

A recent article entitled Five Mistakes in Your Bible Translation which appeared in the Huffington Post , a liberal online newspaper, alleges that the Bible contains numerous translation errors. Let us consider some of the examples mentioned. Covet Doesn't Mean Covet Supposedly, the command, "You shall not covet" (Ex. 20:17), has been mistranslated. It really means "Don't take." Is that ... read more »

When Infidelity Fashions Faith

Ideally one's faith should grow out of a rich companionship with the Word of God. Genuine faith is forged by the instruction of the Scriptures (Rom. 10:17). Unfortunately, the "faith" of some is not so fashioned. Though most people want to "believe" in something sacred, they frequently want a religious system of their own creation - one which suits their ... read more »

Crushing the Serpent’s Head: The Meaning of Genesis 3:15

Genesis 3:15 is commonly called the "Protevangelium" - a term that essentially signifies the idea of "first gospel proclamation." In the American Standard Translation (1901), the text reads as follows: "and I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: he shall bruise [crush-NIV] thy head, and thou shalt bruise [strike-NIV] his heel." ... read more »