Precisely because it is such a familiar scene to so many of us, it may be worth taking a closer look at those opening verses.
The annunciation to Mary resembles certain other annunciation scenes from the Old Testaments. The most important of these is the announcement of the birth of Samson:
|Manoah and his wife|
|John Collier, Annunciation|
Henry Owassa Tanner, Annunciation