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Saturday 20th December 2014
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Why didn't Virgin Mary call baby Emmanuel?

Question

The Christmas Story says that “a virgin will have a baby and he’ll call it Emmanuel”. So why did she call it Jesus?
Chris, Berkhamstead

Answer

** Definitive **
Name: Geraldine
Qualification: I read the Bible a lot
Answer: The name Emmanuel is the name given to the forthcoming messiah, which had been written 800 years before. So the name Emmanuel was to let the Jews know that this was the son of God. The Angel Gabriel then told Mary she should call him Jesus.

Name: Francine, Forest Gate
Qualification: I learnt from a Nun in Primary School
Answer: It is translated from their language at the time - Jesus means Emmanuel, which means God With Us.