Over the last couple days I have pondered through a lengthy and detailed article that unfolds a sensitive subject that is hidden in the Torah and seems to reveal/attest to the need for a virgin birth of the Messiah. Following is a neat article that goes into some detail exposing another one of those mysteries that has been danced around, but never fully understood.
And, the site that it comes from seems to have a number of other such interesting articles… I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
THE VIRGIN BIRTH IN TORAH
by Jeremy Chance Springfield
The virgin birth of the Messiah is a doctrine heavily promoted in Christianity. It is considered a foundational teaching about the Redeemer. How odd it is, therefore, to find that almost exclusively, there is only ever one passage in all of the Hebrew Scriptures that Christianity brings forth to substantiate the claim that the Messiah must be born of a virgin woman. That verse is found in Isaiah 7:14.
Most translations contain the term “virgin” in this verse. The text actually uses the Hebrew term ALMAH, meaning “young woman,” and not specifically “virgin.” It is with this detail that Judaism takes issue concerning the concept of a virgin miraculously conceiving and bearing a son who would be the Messiah. The believer in the virgin birth need not be too entirely distressed at this detail of the meaning of the term, however, since every usage of ALMAH in the Hebrew Scriptures appears to be in a context of a young, unmarried female – a detail that would be assumed to refer to a virginal status in the Hebrew mindset. ~Continue Reading
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