Did the Author of the Gospel of Mark know about the Virgin Birth Story?

And he (Jesus) went up on the mountain and called to him those <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24298Y" data-link="(Y)”>whom he desired, and they came to him. 14 <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24299Z" data-link="(Z)”>And he appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach 15 <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24300AA" data-link="(AA)”>and have authority to cast out demons. 16 He appointed the twelve: <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24301AB" data-link="(AB)”>Simon (to whom <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24301AC" data-link="(AC)”>he gave the name Peter); 17 <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24302AD" data-link="(AD)”>James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James (to whom he gave the name Boanerges, that is, Sons of Thunder); 18 Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24303AE" data-link="(AE)”>Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot,<sup class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-ESV-24303b" data-link="[b]”>[b] 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

20 Then he went <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24305AF" data-link="(AF)”>home, and the crowd gathered again, <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24305AG" data-link="(AG)”>so that they could not even eat. 21 <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24306AH" data-link="(AH)”>And when <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24306AI" data-link="(AI)”>his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24306AJ" data-link="(AJ)”>is out of his mind.” 22 And <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24307AK" data-link="(AK)”>the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24307AL" data-link="(AL)”>“He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.”   

   31 <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24316AR" data-link="(AR)”>And his mother and his <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24316AS" data-link="(AS)”>brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. 32 And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers<sup class="footnote" data-fn="#fen-ESV-24317c" data-link="[c]”>[c] are outside, seeking you.” 33 And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34 And <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24319AT" data-link="(AT)”>looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24320AU" data-link="(AU)”>For whoever <sup class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-24320AV" data-link="(AV)”>does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”   

                                                                                              Gospel of Mark, chapter 3

I find it odd that the first gospel written, according to most scholars, says nothing about Jesus’ miraculous birth, his virgin birth.  Wouldn’t that be a pretty important fact about Jesus that you would want your readers to know?  But, no, the author of this Gospel says nothing of a virgin birth.  Neither does he mention Jesus being born in Bethlehem.  No mention of a star, angels, shepherds, a manger, or wise men.  No mention of fleeing to Egypt.  No mention of the massacre of the Innocents of Bethlehem.  No mention of the annunciation of the impending birth of the Son of God by the angel Gabriel to the virgin Mary.

So, isn’t there something very odd in the above passage from the Gospel of Mark?  Why would Jesus’ family think that he was crazy for talking and acting like the Son of God??

Is it because the author of this gospel had never heard of a virgin birth in Bethlehem?


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