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Posted on: 21 November 2005, 7:47pm

As in Mary? what do you think I'm some kind of pre-vert???

The Headmaster
Posted on: 25 May 2006, 11:17am

Isn't it strange that the most familiar image of a virgin (in Europe and the Americas) is a woman either pregnant or suckling a child? No wonder we're confused.

What early religious instruction I received was under the mantle of the Church of England. Mary was alleged to be a virgin when pregnant with her first child Jesus, but when 'Jesus, the missing years' 12-30 were being filled in by Ladybird books we were invited to imagine Jesus and his brothers helping Joseph with his carpentry business. Indeed, when Jesus started out on the preaching and miracles, people in his hometown were surprised by his ability and asked "Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us?" (Mark 6:3 King James Version - Matthew 13:55-56 reads similarly). These brothers were not keen on his activities though "But soon it was time for the Festival of Shelters, and Jesus' brothers urged him to go to Judea for the celebration. "Go where your followers can see your miracles!" they scoffed. "You can't become a public figure if you hide like this! If you can do such wonderful things, prove it to the world!" For even his brothers didn't believe in him." (John 7:2-5, New Living Translation). One brother, James, did however later join his band of apostles (Galatians 1:19) and became the first Bishop of Jerusalem.

However, despite the gospels the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches refuse to countenance Joseph and his young wife Mary consumating their marriage, and find the suggestion that Jesus had brothers and sisters offensive (unless they are explained away as step siblings from Joseph's conjectured previous marriage). For them, the Virgin Mary remained chaste, because sex is, of course, dirty.

Anyway, bible study is now over for today. For Virgin we have a gravid Mary gestating Jesus. He's kicking! Politically incorrect because it is religious dogma and contradicts biology.

A couple of years ago my wife told me of a class of young children drawing Christmas cards. One child had drawn a nativity scene, and there behind Mary and her child was a conspicuously fat person. "Who's that?" he's asked. "Round John". "Round John?" "Yes Miss, from Silent Night: 'Round John Virgin, Mother and Child' ".

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