I’ve been working on this idea for a while. Thought I’d spit out the gist of it for feedback, sans proof and detailed arguement. It’s a Christmas Think. Feel free to throw things.
What I’m thinking is:
The emphasis on “the virgin birth” in Scripture seems to have nothing to do with some hellenistic idea of asexual “purity”, but rather is concerned with establishing the Messiah’s paternity.
The language used to describe Mary’s interaction with the Spirit of God (Luke 1:35) is sexual imagery (as used elsewhere in Scripture). After which, she’s pregnant. Jesus is the son of Jehovah, not Joseph.
Mary’s relations with the Holy Spirit of YHWH would not have been something less, but something greater than her subsequent relations with Joseph. “Greater” should not be defined by our Victorian, pseudo-pious ideas about sex.
The courtly love tradition either:
A. Screwed up our understanding of Mary and her sexual relationship with both Jehovah and Joseph.
B. Came about as a result of our screwy understanding of Mary and her sexual relationship with both Jehovah and Joseph.