Was Mary a Virgin?

This post raised a few hackles last year. Heck, who even knew we had hackles? “Mary Christmas,” everyone!

Mitch Teemley


My first semester of college I took a lecture hall class called Folklore and Mythology from Dr. Glickman, a rock star educator if there ever was one. At the start of each session, 350 students would hush as Dr. G entered, wind from nowhere ruffling his graying fringe. “A myth is something that cannot be proven,” Dr. G proclaimed, “therefore this class is about everything!”

The biggest myth of all, according to Dr. G, was Christianity, especially the myth of Jesus’ divine birth. So right before Christmas (oops, “Holiday”) Break, he treated us to a spiritual debunking:

For centuries, he said, the Church had taught that Jesus was divine—due almost entirely to the mistranslation of a single word! They’d translated the Hebrew word almah (in Isaiah 7:14) and its Greek equivalent parthenos (in Matthew 1:23) as “virgin,” when, in fact, the words simply meant “young woman.” Thunderous applause rewarded the stately…

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About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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10 Responses to Was Mary a Virgin?

  1. Well said! 🙂

    I’m always delighted by the rankling of some hackles. A “rankling” is a “gerund,” which helps me not at all, and “hackles” are, “a long, narrow feather on the neck or saddle of a domestic rooster.” I had no idea anyone had ever tried to saddle a domestic rooster! Why would you even do that?

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  2. Faith….the belief in what cannot be seen….I refer to my acceptance of Jesus as a ” heart decision”. Professors and those who wish to argue are all stuck in their heads. God’s Holy Spirit has not yet touched their hearts. Merry Christmas! Or Mary Christmas!!

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  3. atimetoshare.me says:

    I’m so glad your studies led you to Christ and by the way, Merry Christmas. I know I’ll see you someday in heaven.

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  4. John Lewis says:

    Love it. A good debunking of a popular “educated” debunking. Unfortunately, most of the bunk poured into those young minds as facts are believed to be factual and true, regardless of how deep the bunk gets.

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  5. This is such a powerful message… God bless you Mitch. I never knew you were atheist…

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  6. gpavants says:

    Hi Mitch,

    Isn’t it great to see God drop information about things right when they need it? I hope your old teacher’s heart softens. That is a whole other factor is a living God at work in the hearts of lost people.
    Thanks brother,


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