the Greek word παρθένος, ου, ὁ, for virgin could actually mean maiden. So in essence Mary wasn’t a virgin persay but a maiden. In the ancient world maiden and virgin did not necessarily mean the same. You could be virgin and be a maiden but you didn’t have to be a maiden to be virgin. Maiden meant a young girl , sometimes unmarried. However either definition still meant Mary was sexually abuse. As Dr. Randall C Bailey retired Hebrew Bible Professor states “Either meaning in Mt & Lk 1 still keeps it in the realm of sexual abuse.” Now the question is if we say it was sexual abuse , are we saying God did it if so this is dangerous theology or is the text alluding to a more powerful man ?
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Princess O’Nika Auguste is from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. She has a BA in English Literature from Grambling State University, a Masters of Divinity concentrating in New Testament from Gammon Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center, and is attending Claremont School of Theology obtaining a Masters of Arts in Biblical Languages and Biblical Studies. She hopes to obtain a PhD. in New Testament and Early Christianity. She also has taken graduate classes in education and considers herself a feminist-womanist. She is a poet, a writer, a theologian and a scholar. Some of her writings can be read on the feminist site Christian Feminism. While studying at the Interdenominational Theological Center Princess gained an interest in Biblical Studies with consideration of ethics and the treatment of women in the Biblical text. She is also a pop and cultural critic fascinated with Beyonce, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Solange Knowles and tries to incorporate popular culture in her work. Princess has interest in the early church fathers and their influence on sexuality, sex and marriage. View all posts by Princess