bible, sexual agency

Mary ( Virgin or Maiden)

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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