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Gabriel appears to Mary
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The virgin birth or virginal conception of Christ attested in Matt 1:18–25 and Luke 1:26–38. While the accounts vary slightly, both Gospels describe Mary as a virgin who became pregnant “from the Holy Spirit” (Matt 1:18 ESV) while betrothed to Joseph.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Jesus, Virgin Birth of
Jesus, Virgin Birth of The virgin birth or virginal conception of Christ attested in Matt 1:18–25 and Luke 1:26–38. While the accounts vary slightly, both Gospels describe Mary as a virgin who became pregnant “from the Holy Spirit” (Matt 1:18 ESV) while betrothed to Joseph.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Virgin Birth of Jesus
Virgin Birth of Jesus. Doctrine, from the birth narratives of Matthew 1 and Luke 1–2, which states that Jesus the Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. This doctrine has been at the heart of discussions involving the person and nature of Christ; the whole concept of the
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Virgin Birth of Jesus
VIRGIN BIRTH OF JESUS* Doctrine, drawn from the birth narratives of Matthew 1 and Luke 1–2, which states that Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. The whole concept of the Incarnation (as well as Jesus’ divine and human natures) focuses upon this historical event
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Virgin Birth
Virgin Birth, the tradition of Mary’s conception of Jesus by the Holy Spirit apart from sexual intercourse, explicitly mentioned in the nt only in the birth stories of Matthew and Luke. In Matt. 1:18–25 it appears as the fulfillment of Isa. 7:14, which indicates that a virgin (Gk. parthenos, used in
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Virgin Birth
VIRGIN BIRTH. By ‘virgin birth’ Protestants generally mean ‘virginal conception’. Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy believe also in a literal virgin birth, whereby the baby passed out of Mary’s body in such a way as to leave her virginity anatomically unimpaired (virginity in partu, ‘in giving birth’,
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Virgin Birth
Virgin BirthThe doctrine drawing on the tradition that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, Mary conceives and bears Jesus apart from sexual intercourse with her husband Joseph.Only two NT texts refer to a virginal conception and birth. In Matt. 1:18–25 Mary discovers she is pregnant “with the child of
Catholic Bible Dictionary
A. Birth, Infancy, and Hidden Years
A. Birth, Infancy, and Hidden YearsAlthough the coming of Jesus is foretold in the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament (see Messiah), his earthly life properly begins with the angel Gabriel’s Annunciation to Mary that she would bear a son, and that the child’s name would be “Jesus” (Luke 2:26–31;
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Virgin Birth of Christ
Virgin Birth of Christ. The belief that Jesus Christ had no human father, but was conceived by the Blessed Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit, is clearly stated in the two narratives of Christ’s Infancy recorded in the Gospels (Mt. 1 f. and Lk. 1 f.), and has been a consistent tenet of orthodox
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Virgin Birth
Virgin Birthvirgin birth, the tradition of Mary’s conception of Jesus by the Holy Spirit apart from sexual intercourse, explicitly mentioned in the nt only in the birth stories of Matthew and Luke. In Matt. 1:18–25 it appears as the fulfillment of Isa. 7:14 that a virgin (Gk. parthenos, used in the
Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics
Divine Birth Stories
Divine Birth Stories. Since James Frazer published The Golden Bough (1890, 1912), it has been common to charge that Christianity is not unique in its story of Christ’s incarnation, but that stories of supernatural births are common to pagan gods. If true, this would appear to undermine Christianity by
Virgin Birth of Christ (2)
Virgin Birth of Christ. The virgin birth of Christ is the perennial target of naturalistic Bible critics, who tend to regard it as the result of pagan influence on Christian writers of the second century. These Christians developed the myth in an emulation of stories from Greek mythology (see Miracles,
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Virgin Birth
VIRGIN BIRTH — the theological doctrine that Jesus was miraculously begotten by God and born of Mary, who was a virgin. The term “virgin birth” explains the way in which the Son of God entered human existence; it means that Mary had not had sexual relations with any man when she conceived Jesus.This
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, …

See also
Lk 2:21;
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