Presumed the root of the alleged mis-translation
of certain New Testament
books which depicted Mary, the mother of Jesus
as a virgin
The Hebrew word Almah, or Almeh was translated into latin as virginus, as both words mean "young girl". However, the double meaning and extra connotation present in the latin form, i.e. a woman who has never engaged in sexual intercourse, changed the interpretation of the New Testament among a small sect of Christians forever. This small sect grew into what is now known as the Holy Roman Catholic Church, who have as one of the cornerstones of their religion the idea of the virgin birth.