[quote=www.drbo.org] Lk 1,35 And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
Now we learn who the Father is to be, but note that it is after Mary made her statement. The only reason Gabriel didn’t continue on with his explanation was to force Mary to announce her perpetual virginity.
[quote=BlestOne] When the angel Gabriel came to her, she knew that this child he was refering to would not be of her betrothed, but of the Holy Spirit.
No she didn’t, read the previous post, or Luke 1. Gabriel stopped short of telling her who the true Father would be to force her to make her statement of perpetual virginity
[quote=BlestOne] Her concern would have been that a jewish man of that time was forbidden to have sex with a woman that had been with another man before him.
Which is correct, and also the one reason Joseph would never consider having sex with Mary, even after the birth of Jesus, the other is found in Numbers chapter 30.
[quote=BlestOne] Hence, her saying that she knew not man…meant that she had not been intimate with Joseph yet, btw there is some historical evidence that there were stages to an engagement including her going to live in his home, and perhaps due to age, at some point they would be expected to have sex.
Betrothal was actually a part of marriage, which lasted generally one year, during this time it was permissible to have sexual relations since they were considered married. This was to give time for the planning of the wedding and have the wedding guests arrive, remember there were no cars, it took a long time to travel. So Joseph and Mary were allowed to have sex, why on earth didn’t they? This is also why Joseph would be required to “put her away” and he is called her husband in Mt 1,19
[quote=www.drbo.org] Mt 1,19 Whereupon Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing publicly to expose her, was minded to put her away privately.
No need to do anything if they weren’t considered married is there?
[quote=BlestOne] So this makes her trepidation and responses more reasonable. Also does explain perpetual virginity since we can assume that Joseph was a proper jew of the times or he wouldn’t have agreed to marry Mary since he knew that there would not be a consumation to the marriage, hence, the angelic visit to him as well.
Actually the angelic visit was to show he knew of the vow and the consequences of Numbers chapter 30 if he ever made her break the vow once he took her into his house as his wife.