The Annunciation
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Annunciation The term generally employed for the advance announcement of the conception and birth of Jesus, usually in reference to the angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary (Lk. 1:26–38). Joseph also received word (Mt. 1:20f). In both instances indication is given of the agency of the Holy Spirit in the conception
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
ANNUNCIATION* The angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary that she would bear a son by the Holy Spirit (Lk 1:26–38).In spite of the misunderstanding and hardship Mary would have to endure because of her premarital pregnancy, Gabriel greeted her as one “highly favored” or “richly blessed” (Lk 1:28). With
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
ANNUNCIATION. The vision of Mary (Lk. 1:26–38) ‘announces’ the conception of a Messiah-Son and describes with poetic imagery Messiah’s human (Lk. 1:32) and divine (Lk. 1:34f.) character and the eternal nature of his kingdom (Lk. 1:33). Machen and Daube give the most helpful treatment of the literary
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
AnnunciationThe event when the angel Gabriel informs Mary that she will bear a son named Jesus, who will reign over Israel forever (Luke 1:26–38; cf. Matt. 1:18–25, in which an angel informs Joseph; Prot. Jas. 10–12). This annunciation parallels the prophecy of John the Baptist’s birth (Luke 1:8–25)
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Annunciation. The announcement by the angel Gabriel to Mary concerning the birth of her son Jesus (Luke 1:28–35; cf. a similar announcement to Joseph at Matt. 1:18–25). Greeting and comforting her, the angel tells Mary that she will be “overshadowed” by the Holy Spirit and that her son will rule eternally
Catholic Bible Dictionary
ANNUNCIATION The announcement made to Mary by the angel Gabriel that she was “full of grace” and would become the Mother of the Messiah (Luke 1:26–38). The Church’s calendar marks the feast of the Annunciation on March 25.
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Annunciation of the BVM
Annunciation of the BVM. The feast, observed on 25 Mar. (‘*Lady Day’), commemorates the announcement of the Incarnation by the angel *Gabriel to the Virgin and the conception of Christ in her womb (Lk. 1:26–38). The date is usually taken to depend on that of Christ’s nativity (25 Dec.), though a different
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Annunciation, the
Annunciation, Theannunciation, the, the announcement to Mary by the angel Gabriel that she would bear a son who would be ‘holy, the Son of God,’ found only in Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus (Luke 1:26–38). In the development of the Christian calendar, this event came to have significant status,
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
ANNUNCIATION — the announcement by the angel Gabriel (Luke 1:26–38) to the Virgin Mary of the forthcoming birth of Jesus. The angel told Mary that the Holy Spirit would cause her to conceive a child, and “that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). Also see Virgin Birth.
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
AnnunciationAlthough technically a general term referring to the announcement of some impending event, in modern English annunciation has come to be associated almost exclusively with the angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary that she is to be the mother of Jesus. The image of the young girl receiving
A Catholic Dictionary
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin
annunciation of the blessed virgin (Annuntiatio, εὐαγγελισμός, χαριτισμός). The word signifies “declaration,” or “announcement”—i.e. of the fact that God the Son was to be born of Mary—but at the very moment in which the fact was announced, it actually took place; so that, in commemorating the “Annunciation,”
Compton’s Encyclopedia
AnnunciationIn Christianity, the Annunciation records the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would bear a Son of the Holy Spirit, to be called Jesus. The story is found in the Bible at Luke 1:26–38. The Annunciation had an important place in the arts and church decoration
Key passages
Lk 1:26–38

Now in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin legally promised in marriage to a man named Joseph of the house of David. And the name of the virgin was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, …