We were meeting today to work on adding aspects of the new national curriculum to our middle school courses. Discussion turned to the meaning of the “immaculate conception” and to the birth of Christ. I made the point that the “virgin birth” of Jesus was not a unique story. It was a common theme in ancient near eastern cultures. The following website will give you a neat summary of some of these beliefs: http://www.hope-of-israel.org/originsVBmyth.html

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