Isaiah 7:14: “A Virgin Shall Conceive”

At Christmas time, many Christians are studying Isaiah’s prophecy of the birth of Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 reads:

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14 ESV).

The Gospel of Matthew says that the birth of Christ was the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy. In the Gospel of Matthew, the angel said to Joseph:

“Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).” (Matthew 1:20-23)

Below I provide three links to studies of Isaiah 7:14. Each post presents a different perspective on Isaiah 7:14.

1. The first link is an article I published in 2006:

Isaiah 7:14 and the TNIV Reconsidered

2. The second link is an article written by Douglas Mangum at Biblia Hebraica, published on December 22, 2008:

Behold, a Virgin shall be with Child . . .

3. The third link is an article published by Ben Witherington on December 12, 2008:

The Virginal Conception– Miracle on Nazareth Street

Enjoy these three studies on Isaiah 7:14

Claude Mariottini
Emeritus Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary

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