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This verse is part of a prophecy that Isaiah relates to King Ahaz regarding the fate of the two kings threatening Judah at that time and the fate of Judah itself. In the original Hebrew, the verse says that a "young woman" will give birth, not a "virgin" which is an entirely different Hebrew word. The young woman became a virgin only when the Hebrew word was mistranslated into Greek.
Paul of Tarsus was so ambitious and so energetic that had he been a business man he could have been the Bill Gates of his day. Although Jesus could have chosen to include Paul among the twelve men who would carry forth his work after his passing, he didn't. And what happened as soon as Jesus left the scene? If we are to believe Paul, Jesus appears to have discovered this huge mistake of his and made up for it by selecting Paul after all! And not just to be one of the twelve, but to be the one apostle who would write more, travel more, and work harder than all twelve of the original apostles put together.
Originally posted by Merle8
Interesting. I've always held that if there is anything to it, Christianity could be written on one side of a napkin, rather than a huge contradictory book of many styles.