virgin birth


Definition of virgin birth

1 : birth from a virgin
2 often capitalized V&B : the theological doctrine that Jesus was miraculously begotten of God and born of a virgin mother

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Recent Examples on the Web On Sunday morning, two days after Christmas, the Rev. Calvin Brooks gave his holiday sermon, the folksy drawl of a lifelong Alabamian retelling the story of Jesus’ virgin birth. al, "Alabama church shares dead pastor’s last sermon: ‘Jesus first, others next, and yourself last’," 31 Dec. 2020 The virgin birth tells it all, His light shines through the darkness, bringing our lives and our hearts great peace and blessed calmness. cleveland, "A Christmas ode to Olmsted Falls: Olmsted Dates and Data," 13 Dec. 2019 An interesting thing to tell a young man conceived of virgin birth! Darren Franich,, "Revenge of the Sith," 3 Dec. 2019 Former librarian Charlene dedicates her hours to researching medical journal articles about posthumous sperm collection and virgin births, while confronting her ex-husband Richard (Greg Kinnear) about his involvement. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: The twists and turns of ‘Strange but True’ live up to its title until the ending," 5 Sep. 2019 Other plotlines just don’t make sense, like Anakin being a messianic virgin birth destined to save the galaxy or Credence’s secret heritage being tied up with that of the Dumbledore family, timeline be damned. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the franchise’s Attack of the Clones when it should be The Last Jedi," 27 Nov. 2018 The Pew report notes the share of white mainline Protestants who believe in the virgin birth, for instance, has dropped from 83% to 71%. Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA TODAY, "Americans see more jingle, less Jesus in Christmas celebrations," 16 Dec. 2017 Unlike Jews, Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet, and the Quran devotes an entire chapter to celebrating Mary and the virgin birth. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "For American Jews, Christmas is for Chinese food, movies and reflection on being different," 15 Dec. 2017 Isaiah prophesied the virgin birth, Micah prophesied that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem. Debra Draper, Houston Chronicle, "Mary, did you know?," 8 Dec. 2017

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1613, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Virgin birth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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