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Hey Brenda! Thanks for the recommendation!

Right now I am going to play devil’s advocate. You say that Luke 1:31 says:

[quote:293crqzi]Behold you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.[/quote:293crqzi]

and then you draw the conclusion that Mary was to conceive a son.

There are 2 ways you can look at the wording of that passage and I will use brackets to break up the passage.

The first way is the way you described and that would be:

[b:293crqzi]”Behold {you will conceive in your womb and bear} a son, and you shall name him Jesus.”[/b:293crqzi]

This way is grouping “conceive” and “bear” into one single process and thus a son will be conceived and then born. This is all fine and dandy, but there is another way to look at this passage.

[b:293crqzi]”Behold you will {conceive in your womb} and {bear a son}, and you shall name him Jesus.”[/b:293crqzi]

Now, this second way is saying that Mary will conceive (plain and simple, that’s it – just conceive something) and then bear a son from that conception, however it does not show that what she will conceive is a son. It could be that she is conceiving an embryo or whatever people want to call it these days.

Of course, judging by the syntax of this sentence I would say that the first way makes the most sense, but I just want to make you aware of a counter argument someone may use.

I don’t really have time to look it up in the Greek right now, but I will get back to you on that.

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