Virgin - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words


[ 1,,G3933, parthenos ]
is used
(a) of the Virgin Mary," Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:27;
(b) of the ten "virgins" in the parable, Matthew 25:1, Matthew 25:7, Matthew 25:11;
(c) of the "daughters" of Philip the evangelist, Acts 21:9;
(d) those concerning whom the Apostle Paul gives instructions regarding marriage, 1 Corinthians 7:25, 1 Corinthians 7:28, 1 Corinthians 7:34; in 1 Corinthians 7:36-38, the subject passes to that of "virgin daughters" (RV), which almost certainly formed one of the subjects upon which the church at Corinth sent for instructions from the Apostle; one difficulty was relative to the discredit which might be brought upon a father (or guardian), if he allowed his daughter or ward to grow old unmarried. The interpretation that this passage refers to a man and woman already in some kind of relation by way of a spiritual marriage and living together in a vow of virginity and celibacy, is untenable if only in view of the phraseology of the passage;
(e) figuratively, of "a local church" in its relation to Christ, 2 Corinthians 11:2;
(f) metaphorically of "chaste persons," Revelation 14:4.

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words