to the perpetual virginity of Mary arises
from the use of the word,
in Luke's gospel.
(Mary) gave birth to her firstborn son (
wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a
The Greek word
is used of Christ as born of Mary
and of Christ's relationship to His Father (Col 1:25). As the
word does not imply other children of God the Father, neither
does it imply other children of Mary. The term "first-born" was
a legal term under the Mosaic Law (Ex 6:14) referring to the
first male child born to Jewish parents regardless of any other
children following or not. Hence when Jesus is called the
"first-born" of Mary it does not mean that there were second
or third-born children.