In fact the nativity story occurs only in two gospels, Matthew and Luke, and the versions are different and often contradictory. Letter to Epictetus5. A short history of the Roman calendar By Kathleen Manning. The two nativity stories are widely acknowledged by Bible scholars to have been additions to the texts of the Matthew and Luke gospels. What more chaste than she who bore a body without contact with another body? All these Fathers held that the "brethren of Jesus" Matthew 7:
And it happened, when the night had passed, and the following day was dawning, the sun having risen, the apostle appeared alone with the king in his bed-chamber, and said to him:
Why was Mary a virgin?
The authors of Mary in the New Testament point out: David McKay Publisher, The concept of the Second Eve has continued to remain part of Catholic teachings, e. Since this version of the Scriptures was used by Greek-speaking Jews, it was the version used by most of the early Christians. Jesus, second person of the Holy Trinity, true God from eternity, consubstantial with the Father, entered this world through the Blessed Virgin Mary who had conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit; therefore, we believe Jesus is true God and true man, with both a divine and human nature. Thus the more common adelphosor "brothers" was used, because this was how the terminology was used in Hebrew culture indeed, often in Semitic or Middle Eastern culture, among both Jews and Arabs to this day. The bride remained with her family for about a year, after which she was taken to her husband's home.