1409Re: Semper Virgo
- Oct 7, 2009Thank you for the replies, they are very fascinating. Coming at the scriptures from the Sola Scriptura lens, you miss out on all of the other background information your posts have provided.
The most often cited verse for Mary not being perpetually virgin is Matthew 1:18 "Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit." "Came together" is typically understood here as sexual union but the Greek doesn't necessarily indicate that was the case.
The other verse, MT 1:25 "but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus." is more problematic. It comes down to how you understand the improper preposition translated here as "until."
It seems though that the understanding of Mary's perpetual virginity has been an important tradition of the church ~ one that is no longer really held by Lutherans.
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