[b-greek] RE: PARQENOS and Is 7:14

From: RUSSELL RANKIN (rrankin@isd.net)
Date: Sun Apr 15 2001 - 01:20:51 EDT


Since "virgin" is from Latin, it may be noted that the Romans also had young
women who served in their temple worship called "Vestal Virgins."

Would someone show how Jerome translated PARQENOS and Isa.7:14?

Russell Rankin
Maple Grove [Minneapolis], Minnesota, USA

-----Original Message-----
From: B. D. Colt [mailto:babc@ix.netcom.com]
Sent: Saturday, April 14, 2001 2:35 PM
Subject: Re: [b-greek] RE: PARQENOS and Is 7:14

On 14 Apr 01, at 1:29, RUSSELL RANKIN wrote:

> From: Clwinbery@aol.com
> Sent: Friday, April 13, 2001 8:55 PM

> I am not trying to turn the discussion to a theological debate. I
> translate Matthew as Virgin because of the word PARQENOS. I translate
> Is. 7:14 as young woman because of the Oxford lexicon.
> Carlton Winbery
> Louisiana College
> Carlton,
> I suspect "virgin" is an issue of English translation rather than of
> the Hebrew or Greek word and is somewhat influenced by the English
> translation of Matthew's quote. I would suggest Matthew be translated
> "virgin" more because of his previous description of conception than
> on the word itself.

It might better to translate PARQENOS as "maiden," except that that
word in its basic meaning has pretty well dropped out of spoken

Barbara D. Colt, mailto:babc@ix.netcom.com
St John the Evangelist, San Francisco

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