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Christians have usually translated this word - found in the Book of Isaiah - as "virgin," but in Hebrew it actually means "young girl"; what word is it?




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Answer: almah

In Hebrew alma means "young girl" and betulah means "virgin." Thus, if Isaiah had wanted to say "virgin," the precise word was available.

Isaiah 7:14 - Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: behold, the young woman shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (JPS)

However: in the King James Bible - Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.


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