The Virgin Mary

Mary was born in an obscure town in Israel - Nazareth. Her Jewish name was actually Miriam and
she was born to Ann and Joachim. You will not find the names of her parents or much of the tradition about her in the bible - but in other writings. Tradition tells us that Ann and Joachim prayed fervently for a child – promising the child to God – if born. We also know from tradition that Mary’s parents were devout Jews who gave the best 1/3 of what they had to the temple – the next best 1/3 as alms – keeping the last and lowest 1/3 for themselves.
 

Mary – like most of the women of the time – prayed for the arrival of the Messiah. As a member of the Jewish faith Mary was steeped in scriptures and they prophesized that the Messiah would be born of a virgin. The women of Israel – including Mary – prayed for the arrival of the Messiah and that they might be the privileged virgin.

 

 

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