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MARY, THE MOTHER OF JESUS She was descended from David (Rom 1:3; Acts 2:30; 2 Tim 2:8). The source of the infancy narratives (Matt 1-2; Luke 1-2) is not known, but it is more than likely that they came from Mary herself. She lived into the apostolic period, whereas Joseph seems to have died before the crucifixion of Jesus, for there is no mention of him after the incident of Jesus in the temple when he was 12. Mary could very well have told this to the early leaders of the church, including Luke. She was a relative of Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist (Luke 1:36). Luke writes of her maidenly fears (1:26-27), her humble submission to the will of God (1:38), and her hymn of praise to God for the favor accorded her in being the mother of the Messiah (1:39-55). Neither she nor Joseph fully understood her Son (2:50). At Cana in Galilee (John 2:1-11), Mary seems to have some intimation that Jesus had more than natural powers, but she needed some correction regarding her notion about the use of these powers. 
In one episode (Matt 12:46; Mark 3:21, 31ff.; Luke 8:19-21) Jesus teaches that physical relationship to him conveys no special privilege, no right of interference with him--the same lesson he taught on a later occasion (11:27). Mary was at the Cross (John 19:25ff.) and in the Upper Room (Acts 1:14) after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus. 


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Excerpted from Compton's Interactive Bible NIV
Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved
MARY, THE VIRGIN 
  • Wife of Joseph (Mt 1:18-25),
  • relative of Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist (Lk 1:36),
  • of the seed of David (Ac 2:30; Ro 1:3; 2Ti 2:8),
  • mother of Jesus (Mt 1:18,20; Lk 2:1-20),
  • attended to ceremonial purification (Lk 2:22-38),
  • fled to Egypt with Joseph and Jesus (Mt 2:13-15),
  • lived in Nazareth (Mt 2:19-23),
  • took twelve-year-old Jesus to temple (Lk 2:41-50),
  • at wedding in Cana of Galilee (Jn 2:1-11),
  • concerned for Jesus' safety (Mt 12:46; Mk 3:21,31ff; Lk 8:19-21),
  • at the cross of Jesus (Jn 19:25ff)
  • where she was entrusted by Jesus to the care of John (Jn 19:25-27), i
  • n the Upper Room (Ac 1:14).


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Excerpted from Compton's Interactive Bible NIV
Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 SoftKey Multimedia Inc. All Rights Reserved
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