virgin birth

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Virgin Birth the theological doctrine that Jesus Christ had no human father; Christians believe that Jesus's birth fulfilled Old Testament prophecies and was attended by miracles; the Nativity is celebrated at Christmas
    • n virgin birth human conception without fertilization by a man
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Virgin birth parthenogenesis
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Quotations

  • David Jenkins
    David Jenkins
    “I wouldn't put it past God to arrange a virgin birth if He wanted, but I very much doubt if He would.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O, Fr.,—L. virgo, virginis.

Usage

In literature:

When and how did belief in the birth of Jesus from a Virgin gain acceptance in Christendom?
"History of Dogma, Volume 1 (of 7)" by Adolph Harnack
This error of the Septuagint is one of the sources of the legend relating to the virginal birth of Jesus.
"The Necessity of Atheism" by Dr. D.M. Brooks
S. MARIA DEL POPOLO, Birth of Virgin.
"The Venetian Painters of the Renaissance" by Bernhard Berenson
There are, in the mythologies, many cases of virgin birth.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
The first represents "The Birth of the Virgin," the second "The Presentation," and the last "The Marriage.
"Luca Signorelli" by Maud Cruttwell
Great is my quill, to bring foorth such a birth, as shall abash the Virgins of our earth.
"Seven Minor Epics of the English Renaissance (1596-1624)" by Dunstan Gale
Soon I knew all about her sister's doings, from the night she lost her virginity to the birth of her last child.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
They deny the Virgin birth.
"Why I Preach the Second Coming" by Isaac Massey Haldeman
A passage incorrectly rendered by the Septuagint indicated a virginal birth.
"The Lords of the Ghostland" by Edgar Saltus
The Virgin-Birth keeps the balance even between His Deity and His humanity.
"Some Essentials of Religion" by J. C. Roper
She has insisted on the Virgin Birth.
"An Outline of Sexual Morality" by Kenneth Ingram
The Memoirs are referred to in regard to the fulfilment of this prophecy, and his birth as man through the Virgin.
"Supernatural Religion, Vol. II. (of III)" by Walter Richard Cassels
Baal demands a virgin of noble birth to be given to him before he will aid the city.
"The Golden Hope" by Robert H. Fuller
Mieke, how goes your virgin birth?
"The Legend of Ulenspiegel" by Charles de Coster
She knew God's law, and in the book of the prophets had read, that a virgin should give birth to God.
"The Homilies of the Anglo-Saxon Church" by Ælfric
That his birth was the result of the "overshadowing" of his virgin-mother by the "power of the Highest.
"The Supernatural Claims Of Christianity Tried By Two Of Its Own Rules" by Lionel Lisle
His miraculous birth by a virgin.
"The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors" by Kersey Graves
At the commencement of 1854 there appeared a pamphlet by an abbot who was not yet ready to accept the virgin birth of Mary.
"The Church In Politics--Americans Beware!" by M. M. Mangasarian
They did not preach His birth of a virgin, and thence argue that He was Divine.
"The Expositor's Bible: The Pastoral Epistles" by Alfred Plummer
The central fact of the Virgin-birth, as we shall presently see, has high attestation from another early writer.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 3" by Various
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In poetry:

Wondrous birth! O wondrous Child
Of the virgin undefiled!
Though by all the world disowned,
Still to be in heaven enthroned.
"Savior of the Nations, Come" by Martin Luther
Savior of the nations, come;
Virgin's Son, here make Thy home!
Marvel now, O heaven and earth,
That the Lord chose such a birth.
"Savior of the Nations, Come" by Martin Luther
And these were they who gave us birth,
The Pilgrims of the sunset wave,
Who won for us this virgin earth,
And freedom with the soil they gave.
"Robinson Of Leyden" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
This land is ours by right of birth,
This land is ours by right of toil;
We helped to turn its virgin earth,
Our sweat is in its fruitful soil.
"Fifty Years (1863-1913)" by James Weldon Johnson
The virgin-birth of Bethlehem,
That snow-pure infancy,
Warm with the rose-bloom of the skies, —
Life's holiest mystery, —
God's utter tenderness to man,
Seems written on all I see.
"A White World" by Lucy Larcom
There’s a tumult of joy O’er the wonderful birth,
For the virgin’s sweet Boy is the Lord of the earth.
Ay! the star rains its fire while the beautiful sing,
For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King!
"A Christmas Carol" by Josiah Gilbert Holland

In news:

The virgin birth and grace.
Do we truly understand the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.
The virgin birth of Jesus Christ is the very foundation of God's Grace and salvation toward man.
It is a greater leap of faith to deny the virgin birth than it is to accept it.
If this year is anything like previous years, there will be a plethora of PBS specials and investigative news reports all discussing one thing: the Virgin Birth of Jesus.
Understanding Lady Gaga's ' Virgin Birth '.
Every year at about this time, readers can count on a few Christmas-themed articles appearing in newspapers and magazines that question the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ.
Scientists confirm shark's ' virgin birth .
Scientists have confirmed the second case of a " virgin birth " in a shark.
Female sharks capable of virgin birth .
Christians must believe in the virgin birth , Christ's miracles, the Resurrection.
My story was more difficult to comprehend than a virgin birth, more complex than a fat man delivering gifts to children around the world with the help of a carriage flown by eight reindeer.
The Daily Word in early voting, virgin birth, and the Yeti genome project.
"The Birth of the Virgin in the Initial G" from a choir book.
Today's feast of the Immaculate Conception has nothing to do with the virgin birth of Jesus .
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