Tuesday, February 08, 2005
The folks at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) have released Swoogle, their Semantic Web search engine, which must be doing something right, since it's found New Testament Names.
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Read Pericope 10: An angel appears to Joseph.

Here we find Joseph's experience of the circumstances of the birth of Jesus. Unlike Mary's earlier visitation by Gabriel (Pericope 6), here the angel is not named. Three key attributes are revealed of Jesus as Emmanuel:

  • He was conceived of the Holy Spirit
  • He will save his people from their sins
  • He will be "God with us" (the literal meaning of Emmanuel)

Mary was already betrothed to Joseph before Gabriel's visit, but it's not clear when he learned of her pregnancy. Mary spent her first trimester of pregnancy with Elizabeth (Pericope 8), but by the time she returned her condition must have begun to be apparent.


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