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Virgins of the Bible


The word “virgin” appears 33 times in the King James Version and 41 times in the New International Version. The Hebrew words thus translated are bethuwlah and almah. The Greek word is parthenos.

A virgin is a female who has not had sexual intercourse.

Isaiah prophesied about the virgin birth of our Lord, a sign unique in all of history:

“A virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isa 7:14). (Compare Luke 1:31-35.)

Jesus Christ was not produced in Mary's womb as a result of sexual intercourse with a man (Mormonism claims that Mary had sex with Adam). Nor did Mary physically have sex with God (as Islam claims of Christianity). Jesus Christ's conception was a special and unique miracle of God.

Stolen virginity

The virgin Princess Tamar was raped by her half-brother Prince Amnon.

Figurative virgins

The Zidonites (Sidonites) are referred to as a figurative “virgin” by Isaiah (23:12), “O thou oppressed virgin.”

Jeremiah refers to Israel as a virgin gone astray (Jeremiah 18:13).

Parable of the 10 Virgins

also known as: Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins or Parable of the 10 Bridesmaids

This parable is a warning about being prepared for Christ’s 2nd Coming in the endtimes and is recorded in Matthew 25:1-13.

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Article Version: June 5, 2019