Q:

What are some theories about Jesus' birth?

A:

Quick Answer

Theories regarding the birth of Jesus Christ range from scientific hypotheses attempting to explain the conception to divine intervention. Since the first century, A.D., scientists and religious scholars alike have analyzed the birth of Jesus Christ and have debated its details and its merit.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

One theory that explains how a virgin conception may have occurred purports that, while Joseph and Mary's relationship had not yet been fully consummated, they may have shared an intimate moment that led to Joseph having an emission. That emission, perhaps taking place in close proximity to Mary, somehow made its way to Mary's reproductive organs, thus fertilizing an egg.

Another theory, perhaps less plausible but more scientifically supported, involves what is known as testicular feminization. Biologically, Mary may have been born male but had ambiguous reproductive organs due to a genetic mutation that caused her body to be insensitive to testosterone. Though this would have likely rendered her sterile, she could have spontaneously become pregnant with the fetus developing yet another genetic mutation that reversed the condition that caused Mary's body to become testosterone-resistant so that Jesus would have developed as a male.

It is possible to poke holes in most if not all the theories surrounding the mystery of Jesus' conception and birth. Of course, one theory that has never been debunked and is most widely accepted among Bible-believing Christians is that the DNA and genetic material of Jesus was formed by the hands of God, and Mary was chosen as the surrogate.

Learn more about Christianity

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Who was Jesus?

    A: Jesus was a Nazarene rabbi and preacher widely considered to have lived in the first century. His life and ministry subsequently became the central focus o... Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Is Jesus real?

    A: Evidence has been produced to validate the historicity of Jesus, but the veracity of that evidence has never been established with absolution. Much of the ... Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Who baptized Jesus?

    A: John the Baptist baptized Jesus according to the New Testament. Before Jesus began his ministry, he went to John, who served as God's messenger, to be bapt... Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Was Jesus black?

    A: Jesus most likely had an olive-toned complexion. The Bible states that Jesus was the Jewish son of a woman from Nazareth in an area known as "Israel" in th... Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore