2. Mary's virgin birth as an introduction to biblicalexegesis
62. Mary's virgin birth as an introduction to biblical exegesis Similar to the initial trial dig that is usually performed on archaeological digs, let us start by examining a controversial chapter, which can then be used as a basis for demonstrating the methodology and problems involved in bible exegesis. To this end, some narratives of Mary's virgin birth are quoted below. They serve as examples to demonstrate the difficulties involved in analyzing text, while at the same time showing how statements can be couched in terms that are acceptable for believers although they are realistically void of reason. "Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: "Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they...
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