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Geoffrey M. Pittman wrote:

Hi, guys —

I was reading one of your Catholic apologetic web postings and had a question for you.
You probably get it all the time — but it's been bugging me.

  • What do you say to a Protestant who brings up Matthew 1:25?

    24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 25 And knew her not until she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.

  • Does it mean that the holy parents of Jesus had sex after Jesus was born?


  { What is the correct interpretation of until in Matthew 1:25? }

John replied:


While, in English, the word "until" often implies an event after a certain event, this is not the meaning in the original language.

The Greek word translated "until" in Matthew 1:25 is "eso". This same word is used in the Greek translation of the Old Testament in 2 Samuel 6:23

Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.

2 Samuel 6:23

While the English here is translated "unto", the Greek word is still "eso" .

  • Does this mean that Michal had children after she died?

    No, of course not.

Hope this helps,

John C. DiMascio

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