I’m reading some old biblical typology discussions on whether Mary and Joseph ever consummated their relationship after Jesus’s birth. I used to always think this was a no-brainer When I read all the church fathers it seemed to seep into me that maybe they didn’t. I’ve rejected that view, too. I am going to look at the evidence.
1. The text clearly says that Joseph did not know Mary until after she purified herself from childbirth. I know of all the Anchorite hoops jumped through on this verse, but the most natural meaning of the text is that they eventually consummated their relationship.
2. Mary was a good Jewish girl. Hebrew girls wanted to give away their virginity to their husbands.
3. Deliberate refusal of sex for “spiritual” reasons in marriage is simply docetism.
4. Marriage is a reflection of Christ and his church. What would an unconsummated marriage teach about Christ and the church?