Today’s Question: Did you know that the word “virgin” was mistranslated? Instead of “virgin” the word meant “young woman” but was mistranslated.

The Annunciation

Question: Did you know that the word “virgin” was mistranslated?
Instead of “virgin” the word meant “young woman” but was mistranslated.

Isaiah 7:14  Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son and his name shall be called Emmanuel. 

Answer: As if a “young woman” (“almah”) conceiving a child would constitute some type of a sign from God?

Based on a correct interpretation of that very same passage, generations
of young Jewish maidens were known to have solemnly consecrated themselves to God, in the hope of becoming the virgin mother of the promised, Messiah of Israel.

See the Book of Numbers, Chapter 30, for all the specific rules and regulations governing the conduct of consecrated, perpetual virgins (including provisions for marriage) according to Old Testament Law.

An entire Temple Virgin Cult was formed in Jerusalem, just in time for the arrival of the true Messiah of Israel, who is Jesus Christ, the divine son of the Blessed Virgin Mary, so obviously not everyone believed that the term might have been mistranslated.

In fact, up until fairly recent times, almost nobody did.

Asked and answered today on Yahoo! Answers. Edited for clarity and content.

 

One more reason to “deep-six” the New American Bible.

The 2011 version also replaces the word “virgin” in Isaiah 7:14 with “the young woman,” explaining the original Hebrew word, almah, may or may not refer to a virgin.

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Editor’s note: What are these guys thinking? Catholics know that “almah” does indeed refer to a virgin, since 1) there’s nothing very unusual or significant about a young woman conceiving a child in her womb; and 2) The eternal virginity of Mary, the Mother of God, is the only possible object of Isaiah’s prophetic word, and that is a settled matter of Catholic dogma!

Isaiah 7:14  Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son and his name shall be called Emmanuel. (Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible)

“The baby is dead.” Pennsylvania DHS worker reportedly forced abortion on young girl.

Richard Wexler of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform told the Philadelphia newspaper, “If DHS’s behavior is as described, it is shameful and inexcusable.”

The foster mother reported the teen was excited about her son and had told her 1-year-old daughter she was going to have a brother. The teen’s birth mother, who identified herself to the newspaper as Deborah M., said, “Someone who went to go get an ultrasound, [found] out it’s a boy, they give the boy a name, that’s somebody who wants to have that baby.”

But the foster mother reported Brown had talked about the pregnancy with the teen in her presence. She said Brown told the teen DHS would separate her children if she had the second child.

“She said that if she decided to have the infant she wasn’t going to let her have both babies,” the foster mother told the newspaper.

The foster mother said the teen was taken without her knowledge for the abortion. She had called the social agency in a panic when the girl didn’t return from school that day.

About 8:30 p.m., she arrived home.

According to the Daily News, the foster mother asked, “What happened?”

“The baby is dead,” the teen answered.

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