Thursday, December 20, 2012

Is the Virgin Birth based on a bad translation?

In an interview on BBC 5 today Francesca Stavrakopoulou claimed that the Virgin Birth is based on a mistranslation of Isaiah 7:14. This is not an uncommon claim and is often used to make it sound like Matthew and the early Christians didn't know what they were talking about. 

Well the response has been quick. Timothy Michael Law explains why Professor Stavrakopoulou is overstating the case for mistranslation. Not  far behind him is Mark Goodacre with an epsidoe of the NT Podcast. Mark suggests that calling Matthew's understanding of Isaiah 7:14 a mistranslation fails to appreciate the complex exegesis Matthew is doing. 


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