This is taken from a "new" scroll, discovered in the middle east in the 70s. It is believed to be a Dead Sea Scroll, or a scroll connected to the Essenes. It`s believed to be from the 1st century, and is referred to as "the Angel Scroll". I don`t think the translation is finished yet. Anyway, here`s a part from it:
Isn`t that just amazing? And how beatiful it is written! I was taught (when I studied) that at this time, people knew very, very little about what happens in the womb during conception. The "knowledge" at this time was still the theories of Aristotle, who basically believed that all the woman contributed with, was the physical matter, while the soul, the intelectual capabilities, the personality etc, came from the man. He also believed that a woman was a "deformed man", that when a baby girl was born, something went wrong during the conception. He had all sorts of (by todays standards) wacky and sexist theories (of course, influenced by the time he lived in). Anyway, he was very far from the pretty detailed description in the Angel Scroll. So, what`s this? Did people 2000 years ago have more knowledge on this than I thought?
(and I love that last sentence in the quote from the scroll)