One other item of note in this regard concerns the dating of the Puranas. C Zaehner, professor of Eastern Religions at Oxford, these texts did not begin to take shape until some time in the fourth century (cf. Even if a valid paralell exists, it is not likely that Christians borrowed from Hinduism.
The birth of the pagan god is the result of a sexual encounter.
According to the Gospel accounts, Mary was betrothed to her husband Joseph but they had never been intimate, and while Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit, there was no intercourse involved (cf. In fact, Christ’s birth “did not diminish his mother’s virginal integrity but sanctified it.” And so the liturgy of the Church celebrates Mary as Aeiparthenos, the “Ever-virgin” (499).
The pagan god is not born of a virgin mother Some of the claimed “virgin births” are not births at all; at least not in the normal way a woman delivers a child.
According to the late first-century Greek biographer Plutarch, Alexander may have been the son of Zeus.
This is based on his interpretation of alleged dreams that were had by Alexander’s parents.
He later became a student of Aristotle, and eventually became the king of Macedon, one of the largest empires in the ancient world.
In one variation of the myth, the God Mars seduces and impregnates her. The Greco-Roman and Hellenistic gods and heroes born of human mothers is similar to that of Romulus and Remus; virtually all of them were conceived through sexual intercourse.
Dionysus, for example, was the product of an affair between Zeus, the king of the gods, and a mortal woman named Semele.
According to the religious Hindu text, Vishnu Purana, Krishna was mentally transmitted from the mind of the god Vasudeva (an incarnation of Krishna himself) into the womb of the princess Devaki.
This appears at first glance to be a striking parallel, but it cannot be classified a virgin birth because Devaki and Vasudeva had previously borne seven children together. The Christian beliefs about the virgin birth of Jesus predate this by several centuries.