THE BIRTH OF YESHUA Behold A Maiden Shall Conceive and Bear a Son

The name of the Messiah is Yeshua, short for Yehoshua (יהושע),
and means ‘Yah is salvation’ [Matthew 1:21]

Who was Yeshua’s father? Was he the Son of Elohim?
Was Yoseph (Joseph) his adoptive father?
Scripture and the principles within provide the answers.

BEHOLD A MAIDEN SHALL CONCEIVE AND BEAR A SON
Miry
am{Mary}, the mother of Yeshua, was visited by a messenger from Elohim and the following supernatural event took place

Matthew 1:18-20
 18 But the birth of יהושע{Yeshua} Messiah was as follows: After His mother Miryam was engaged to Yoseph, before they came together, she was found to be pregnant from the Set-apart Spirit. 
19 And Yoseph her husband, being righteous, and not wishing to make a show of her, had in mind to put her away secretly. 
20 But while he thought about this, see, a messenger of יהוה appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Yoseph, son of Dawid, do not be afraid to take Miryam as your wife, for that which is in her was brought forth from the Set-apart Spirit. 

In verse 18 we see that Miryam was already engaged to Yoseph but they were not living together yet. Before Yoseph had marital contact with her she was found pregnant by the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) or the Power of the Eternal.
Further on in verses 22 and 23 we read that this was the fulfilment a prophecy

22 And all this came to be in order to fill what was spoken by יהוה through the prophet, saying, 
23 “See, a maiden {almah} shall conceive, and she shall give birth to a Son, and they shall call His Name Immanu’el,” which translated, means, “El with us.” {Isaiah 7:14}

The word maiden (some versions render it virgin) is translated from the Greek word «parthenos» which in turn was translated from the Hebrew word «almah».
There are three Hebrew words that are translated as parthenos:
naara – girl from infancy to adolescence; teen, maiden, lass
almah – can mean a young maiden who has not had her first menstruation [The Jerusalem Talmud].
Rashi (1040-1105), a French Rabbi, writes about Isaiah 7:14,

“… some interpret that this is the sign, that she was a young girl (almah) and incapable of giving birth” 
[this was the case with Miryam]

bethula :– virgin, maid, maiden [Strong’s Concordance] ; pure, unspotted; separated and excluded from intercourse with men [Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon]
When we see the word ‘virgin’ (from the Greek: parthenos) one of these three words mentioned above is involved. In the case of Miryam, as in Isaiah 7:14, it is almah.

Miryam was a young maiden that had not had her first menstruation. In the Hebrew world of the first century, marriages were made from an early age so, a young maiden like Miryam could be engaged even if she had not ovulated yet.
She confirms that she has had no sexual contact with any man in Luke

Luke 1:34 [Aramaic English New Testament - AENT]
34 And Maryam said to the Messenger, “How can this be for not a man has known me?”

To better understand Miryam’s situation at this stage let us take a brief look at the Jewish wedding ceremonies during the Second Temple period in Israel

THE JEWISH WEDDING
Since ancient times and up to the present day, the Jewish wedding consists of two ceremonies approximately one year apart from each other. The first ceremony is called «kidushin» translated as betrothal or engagement. It means the setting aside and separating a particular woman for a particular man. At this stage the couple does not live together and has no marital contact but are already considered husband and wife [Yosef and Miryam were at this stage]. According to Jewish tradition sexual contact during the engagement stage was considered a more serious offence than adultery after marriage.
After a year comes the second ceremony called «nisu’in» which is the wedding in itself. After this ceremony the marriage is consummated.

THE TRADITIONAL CHRISTIAN OR GRECO-ROMAN VIEW
The traditional Christian view of the supernatural event of Matthew 1:18 is that the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) came over Miriam and she conceived therefore Yeshua was born of a virgin without a biological father. They go on to say that she was a virgin before, during and after her pregnancy. This contradicts Scripture

Matthew 1:25 
25  but knew her not until she gave birth to her Son, the first-born. And he called His Name יהושע (Yehoshua). 

Many of the heroes of the Greco-Roman world mythology were products of the relations between immortal gods with human women and when the child was born, the husband of the woman involved would take care of the half-god, half-human child.
The traditional Christian view is in harmony with Greco-Roman mythology. The Eternal produces a man/god child, through Miryam, and Yosef adopts the child.
This view is in contrast with Hebrew thought and therefore, with Scripture. The thought of the Eternal fathering a child is repulsive to Hebrew thought.
In Scripture there are various examples of supernatural conception.

EXAMPLES OF SUPERNATURAL CONCEPTION IN SCRIPTURE
The Birth of Yitshaq (Isaac) :
Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah his wife was 90, and barren. The Eternal spoke to Abraham and said
<“And I shall bless her and also give you a son by her“>
and further on
<Sarah your wife is truly bearing a son to you>
and for the third time
<“But My covenant I establish with Yitsḥaq, whom Sarah is to bear to you at this set time next year>”.
On these occasions the Eternal (יהוה) tells Abraham that the child that is to born belongs to him (Abraham): <give you a son by her”>, <bearing a son to you> and <Sarah is to bear to you>. And when the appointed time came <…יהוה visited Sarah as He had said, and יהוה did for Sarah as He had spoken. So Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age>
The Eternal made the conception possible but Yitshaq was the biological son of Abraham.

The Birth of Shemu’el [Samuel] :
Elqanah, the father of Shemu’el (the prophet)l had two wives Hannah and Peninnah (who had children). Hannah had no children <because יהוה had shut up her womb>. Scripture says that Elqanah
<knew his wife and יהוה remembered her, Hannah conceived and bore a child and called his name Shemu’el>.
If we read further we see that
<…יהוה visited Ḥannah, so that she conceived and bore three sons and two daughters>.
Here the same as with Sara, the Eternal <visited Hannah>. It does not speak of the intervention of Elqanah but it says that the Eternal visited Hannah.

The birth of a child without the consent of the parents was not foreign to the Hebrew world of the first century. The Eternal has always operated in a supernatural manner with special persons such as Yitshaq (Isaac – son of Abraham), Yoseph (son of Yaq’ob), Shimshon (Samson), Shemu’el (Samuel) and Yohanan (John) the Immerser. In all these cases, none of the mothers involved could conceive. The Eternal intervened and a miracle took place.
The Eternal created the cells to form the embryo while the egg and the spermatozoa were from the parents.

SON OF ELOHIM
The Jewish historian Philo of Alexandria (20 BCE – 50 after Yeshua) gives us useful information to better understand the Hebraic mind of the first century. We can gather two important concepts from his writings.
The first concept we will look at is about virginity. In the mind of Philo and that of the first century Hebrews, an old woman whose menstruation had stopped was considered a virgin. Scripture says that Sarah

< was past the way of women – Genesis 18:11>

in other words she had stopped menstruating. Philo says that Sarah passed from the condition of a woman to the condition of a virgin. She was considered a virgin because she was not menstruating and could not conceive. Miryam was considered a virgin for the same reasons.
The second concept is that of being a “son of the Eternal”. Philo considers Yitshaq  a “son of the Eternal. In the Hebrew mind of the first century, a child born through the intervention of the Eternal, whether the mother was a young maiden that had not ovulated yet or a woman who was past the child bearing age or a sterile woman, was considered a “son of the Eternal”.
Yeshua would also be considered the “Son of the Eternal”

Luke 1:32
“He {Yeshua} shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High. And יהוה Elohim shall give Him the throne of His father Dawid.

THE MESSIAH HAD TO BE A DESCENDANT OF DAWID
In the Hebrew world, the lineage of a person comes through the father. Adoption does not transmit lineage, therefore, if Yeshua was adopted by Yoseph and was not his biological son, he could not be of the bloodline of Dawid and would have no right to the throne of Dawid. This means that Yeshua could not have been the Messiah because according to the Tanach the Messiah had to be a legal descendant of Dawid.
In the Tanach [Old Covenant Writings] Isaiah and Jeremiah clearly state that the Messiah
[Hebrew: «Moshiach»]
would be from the lineage of David

Isaiah 11:1
1 And a ¹Rod shall come forth from the ²stump of Yishai {Jesse, the father of Dawid}, and a Sprout from his roots shall bear fruit.
¹Khoter (Branch); ²Geza (Stem, Stump, Stock)
Jeremiah 23:5-6
5 “See, the days are coming,” declares יהוה, “when I shall raise for Dawiḏ a Branch* of righteousness, and a Sovereign shall reign and act wisely, and shall do right-ruling and righteousness in the earth. Footnote: *Or sprout. 
6 “In His days Yehudah shall be saved, and Yisra’el dwell safely. And this is His Name whereby He shall be called: ‘יהוה our Righteousness.’ 

The Eternal, through the prophet Nathan, promised Dawid that

2 Samuel 7:16
“And your house and your reign are to be steadfast forever before you – your throne is established forever.

YESHUA’S LINEAGE
Conception, which is the union between the female egg and the male spermatozoa, is by the power of the Eternal. If the author would have wanted to say that Yeshua had no biological father or that he was adopted by Yoseph, there would have been no point in registering Yeshua’s genealogy in the first chapter of Matthew if it did not belong to him.
Yeshua’s Davidic lineage comes through Yoseph, who is identified

by the messenger<a messenger of יהוה appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Yoseph, son of Dawid…Matthew 1:20>.
by the congregation<“Is this not the son of the carpenter?> – Matthew 13:55
by Luke<because he {Yoseph} was of the house and lineage of Dawid>Luke 2:4
by Luke<the parents brought in the Child> – Luke 2:27
by Luke<His parents went to Yerushalayim every year> – Luke 2:41
by Miriam<Your father and I have been anxiously seeking You> – Luke 2:48
by the congregation – <Is this not the son of Yoseph?”> – Luke 4:22
by Philip <We have found Him…Yeshua Bar Yosef {son of Yoseph}, from Natzaret>John 1:45
by Paul<who came of the seed of Dawiḏ according to the flesh> – Romans 1:3
Yeshua is from the line of Dawid through Yoseph.

YESHUA IS THE MESSIAH
In the book of Revelation, Yeshua is described as being

<the Lion of the tribe of Yehudah {Judah} and from the root of Dawid> – Revelation 5:5 

At the end of the book of Revelation Yeshua says

<I am the Root and the Offspring of Dawid>.

The identity of Yeshua son of Dawid came through Yoseph son of Dawid.
That is the reason why Yoseph is called ben Dawid (son of David). That title belongs to the Messiah and His ancestry.
Yoseph son of Dawid, through the Power of the Eternal, was the biological father of Yeshua.
Yeshua, through Yoseph, was of the line of Dawid and born of a virgin therefore He is the Messiah!
Sources:
Avdiel Ben-Oved, Yehuda Shurpin, David  Stern, Aristides Moreno, Encyclopedia Judaica, Hebraic Roots Version and the Aramaic-English New Testatament.

 

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