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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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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