And Lazarus entreated the Lord to come unto his house, and entering in he found Martha
and Mary, the sisters of Lazarus, and seeing their brother restored unto sight, they
knelt before the Nazarene and did wash his feet with their tears.
Mary was a consistent source of strength and support for Yeshua throughout his life.
During his ministry, she never left his side. As a revolutionary in her own right,
Mary worked to break cultural and religious boundaries that inhibited the empowerment
and equality of women. She was numbered among the seven female disciples of Yeshua
(Y:18:4; 45:40; 48:1), and the first with whom the resurrected Yeshua communed (Y:48:1-12).
When Yeshua established the leadership of the church, he appointed Mary, his Beloved,
as the ‘first Sophia of many mothers’ (Y:52:39-42; W:29:13).
Mary first met Yeshua at a river gathering where John the Baptizer was preaching.
Mary’s father and mother initially hoped to match their oldest daughter, Martha,
with Yeshua. While Martha was not interested in Yeshua, Mary was delighted at the
prospect of marrying him. At the ages of fourteen and sixteen respectively (c. 10
CE), Mary and Yeshua were married at a synagogue in Nazareth (AZC — Yeshua and Mary).
Mary lived with Yeshua in the house of Joseph and Miriam for three years. When Yeshua
was nineteen, he made the decision to go and study under his cousin, John the Baptizer,
in the Essene community at Khirbet Qumran (W:29:9-13; AZC — Yeshua and Mary). Since
women were not allowed in Qumran, Mary agreed to travel with Yeshua as far as Bethany,
where she would live with her parents until Yeshua completed his discipleship with
John. While Yeshua was able to visit Mary often, he stayed in Qumran for eleven years.
When Yeshua was thirty years old, he and Mary returned to his childhood home in Nazareth.
They lived happily there for ten years. When Yeshua was forty, he was called to meet
with John and begin his public ministry (Y:3:5-9). Together, Mary and Yeshua traveled
to Bethany where Mary waited until Yeshua completed his forty-day purification in
the wilderness (Y:3:16-19). When Yeshua returned to Bethany, he healed Mary’s brother
Lazarus of blindness (c. 34 CE) (Y:4:1-10).
Throughout Yeshua’s ministry, Mary was often ridiculed for her unapologetic expression
of love and devotion for Yeshua. Yeshua’s inclusion of his wife and other women in
his ministry was a radical deviation from the laws and customs of Israel, and was
often a source of contention among his disciples and the religious authority of the
day (Y:4:15-18; 11:1-57; 41:11-12).
Mary and Yeshua never had children of their own. When Mary was young, she suffered
a severe fever which left her infertile (AZC - Yeshua and Mary). However, during
their Sidonian mission, Yeshua and Mary adopted a six-year-old slave boy named Thaddeus
Labbaeus, to whom they gave the name Jude (Y:22:75-85).
After the ascension of Yeshua, Mary returned to live in Nazareth with Jude and Susanna
of Jotapata. Friends and family, and many of the disciples helped to look after Mary,
especially Demitrius, who appointed himself as a guardian of Mary’s household (AZC
The book of Yeshua mentions Mary on several occasions. The following is a chronological
list of events in which Mary is mentioned by name:
• After restoring Lazarus’ sight, Yeshua and Lazarus are greeted by Mary and Martha
at their home in Bethany Y:4:10
• Mary sat with Yeshua as he taught, which aggravated some of the disciples Y:4:17-21
• Mary runs to greet Yeshua as he approached Bethany — witnesses the raising of her
brother, Lazarus Y:41:1-26
• At a dinner prepared in honor of Yeshua, Mary anoints Yeshua’s head with costly
oil — weeps when Judas returns from meeting with Caiaphas and Yeshua states: “Behold,
the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.” Y:45:1-14
• Mary comforts Yeshua in the Garden of Gethsemane Y:46:10-14, 32
• Mary stood at the cross with Miriam, Mary of Magdala, and John, the son of Levi
• Mary is among the seven women who first visit the tomb to find Yeshua’s body missing
• Mary remains in the garden to mourn and is greeted by the resurrected Yeshua, disguised
as a gardener Y:48:4-12
• Mary, Miriam and Jude sit with the Master as he delivers post-resurrectional teachings
to his disciples Y:51:1
• Yeshua appoints Mary as the ‘first Sophia of many mothers’ Y:52:41
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Azrael’s Commentary - House of El Shalon / El Shaloah : Emmanuel & Holy Spirit
[...] It is during the mortal life of the Emmanuel that the Heavenly Mother, in her
role as the Holy Spirit, whispers into the hearts of mortal children, bearing witness
to them of the divine nature of the Emmanuel. This practice was first begun by The
One and Areta on the world of Terralee. (In point of fact, they were the arch-type
for all the offices found in the Houses of El Shalon and El Shaloah.) In some instances
a Heavenly Mother might choose to enter a specific mortality, just to be with her
Beloved and to aid him as he sets about fulfilling his divine commission. This tradition
first began with Abbahdon and Gaia, and continued in the lives of Yeshua and Mary.
Azrael’s Commentary - Yeshua and Mary
Yeshua was born in 6 BCE; Mary, the sister of Lazarus and Martha of Bethany, was
born in 4 BCE. Yeshua met Mary at the river Jordan near the town of Pella where John
the Baptizer was preaching. Mary’s family were devout followers of John. When the
parents of Mary heard from John’s own lips that Yeshua was a cousin of his, they
began plotting to match Yeshua with one of their daughters. Their reason for so doing
was the assumption that if Yeshua became a part of their family, then they would
become a part of John’s family and therefore gain added favor with God.
The parents first broached the subject with their oldest daughter, Martha, who at
the time was nineteen years old. But Martha was not interested in Yeshua, for at
the time Yeshua was only sixteen and he lived in Nazareth where he was an apprenticed
carpenter. Martha liked Jerusalem, she liked the market places and the excitement
of a big city. She did not want to get stuck in a small backwater town like Nazareth.
Like most people around Jerusalem, she had a strong prejudice against Galileans who
were viewed as poor, ignorant and vulgar rabblerousers. And just because she believed
in John the Baptizer, that was not reason enough to find herself exiled from the
home and family she loved. Besides, Martha had met Yeshua and he was not that handsome.
In fact, she viewed him as ordinary and as common as dirt.
But when the subject of marriage was put to Mary, who at the time was a mature fourteen
years of age, she embraced it happily. For she, too, had met Yeshua down by the river,
and she found his soft voice and gentle ways fully to her liking. She knew that with
Yeshua she would always be loved and sheltered. And besides that, she remembered
the reverence with which John the Baptizer spoke to Yeshua. She remembered that when
Yeshua first approached his cousin, John ever so slightly bowed his head to show
respect. This signaled to Mary that there was more to Yeshua than met the eye. So
Mary was delighted by the prospect of marrying Yeshua.
The river meeting lasted two weeks, and the parents of Mary took every opportunity
to get to know Yeshua. They often invited him to their campsite along the river.
For two weeks Yeshua listened to Mary, answered her questions and never had a clue
that he was being set up for marriage.
A month after the river meeting ended, the parents of Mary journeyed to Nazareth
to meet the parents of Yeshua and to discuss the prospects of marriage. When all
parties were satisfied, Mary was brought to Nazareth to meet Joseph and Miriam, and
to re-acquaint herself with Yeshua. During this time Yeshua was nervous and apprehensive;
he threw himself into his work. He was torn between his desire to follow God totally
and completely, and his desire to please his parents. Complicating things even further,
Yeshua found that he truly liked Mary. She was courteous, respectful, funny, charming
and pretty. Everything about her seemed to recommend marriage. And so, the marriage
was solemnized in the local synagogue in Nazareth. The wedding dinner was a feast
of good food, good music and lots of dancing and merriment.
Mary moved into the house of Joseph and Miriam. She proved eager to please and was
very helpful around the house. The brothers and sisters of Yeshua adored her. During
the morning hours, Miriam would teach Mary to read and write. John the Baptizer had
given Yeshua a fully completed copy of the Jewish scriptures. These scriptures became
the most priceless treasure in the house of Joseph. Every evening after supper, the
family would gather and discuss the law and the prophets. It was a time of lively
debate, laughter, wonder and somber reflection.
As a young wife of fourteen, Mary proved devoted and attentive to her sixteen-year-old
husband. Yeshua was kind and gentle and often the young couple could be heard laughing
and giggling among themselves. But Mary began to notice that as Yeshua grew older,
his reflections became deeper and deeper; for he would go for long walks into the
hills to be alone.
By the time Yeshua was nineteen, he had become a tormented young man. Above all things
Yeshua felt compelled to follow God, he felt compelled by the feeling that he was
meant to fulfill some divine mission; that he was born with a calling. But his sense
of duty to his family and to his wife, plus the deep and loving devotion he felt
for Mary seemed to hamper his ability to act. One day as Yeshua was working, a stranger
came to the shop. He was an Essene sent by John with a simple message: “Thus saith
the Lord God of Israel, get you up and go quickly unto John, for he shall teach you
the things which you must know.”
So Yeshua spoke to Mary and told her of the things which he must do. And knowing
that women were not allowed into the Essene community at Khirbet Qumran, Mary said
that she would go with him as far as Bethany where she would stay with her parents.
When Joseph and Miriam heard of Yeshua’s decision to go to John, and of Mary’s decision
to live with her parents, they proved sad but supportive. They knew that Yeshua would
be gone a long time. It would be the last time that Yeshua would see Joseph alive.
When Yeshua entered Qumran, he was washed and anointed. He then was made to take
a vow of celibacy which was to last a full year. During that year Mary lived in Bethany.
Her family was fully supportive of Yeshua’s decision to submit himself to the teachings
and disciplines of John the Baptizer.
Immediately after his first year was completed, Yeshua submitted to the discipline
of inner enlightenment. This required that Yeshua take upon himself the vows of silence
and stillness. So Yeshua sat down under a tree for seven full weeks so that he might
come to a deeper knowledge of himself and of his relationship to God. After he completed
the forty-nine days of silence and stillness, Yeshua was again washed and anointed;
and then he was released from the covenants of celibacy and silence and then sent
home to be with his wife for a month.
Yeshua stayed with John for eleven years. He and Mary returned to Nazareth and lived
quite happily together. The only thing that cast a shadow upon their marriage was
Mary’s inability to have children. When she was a girl of five or six years old,
she came down with a severe fever which left her infertile.
For ten years Yeshua and Mary lived in the home of Miriam in Nazareth. But when Yeshua
was forty years old, he was called to begin his ministry. Again Yeshua went to John
down by the Jordan River near Bethabara. And once again he left Mary to wait for
him in her home town of Bethany. When Yeshua returned from his forty days in the
wilderness, he went to Bethany where he healed his brother-in-law of blindness. Once
Yeshua began his ministry, Mary never left his side. After Yeshua’s resurrection,
Mary returned to Nazareth and there lived with Susanna of Jotapata.
Azrael’s Commentary - Demitrius
[...] Demitrius appointed himself the guardian to the household of Mary and Susanna,
and at his own expense he had the house of Mary and Susanna completely refurbished
and appointed. During the Jewish uprising of 68-70 CE, he tried to persuade Mary
and Susanna to take refuge in Hippos, but both women kindly refused the offer; preferring
to stay in Nazareth among friends and family. Still fearful for their welfare, Demitrius
paid to have the house discreetly watched over by Roman legionnaires who were told
that Mary and Susanna were friends of Rome; and that Susanna was none other than
the widowed wife of Marcus Quintus the former Prefect of Jotapata.[...]
Azrael’s Commentary - Jude
[...] It was clearly the intent of Callistus to kill Jude if his son died. But with
the healing of the boy Julian by Yeshua, Callistus was so overwhelmed with gratitude
that he gave Jude to Yeshua upon request. From that day, Jude became the son of Yeshua
and Mary. Every day before sunrise, Yeshua would sit the boy on his knee to say their
morning prayers and to watch the sun come up. Every morning Yeshua and Mary would
play with Jude. And every evening Yeshua would entertain his son with stories of
God and Heaven and angels.
As Jude grew to adulthood, he left Mary in Nazareth to become an important member
of the church in Jerusalem, teaching and preaching the kingdom of his father. In
63 CE, Jude was made a member of the apostleship, replacing Simon Zelotes who was
martyred in Babylon. With the fall of Jerusalem to the Romans in 70 CE, Jude returned
for a while to his mother, Mary, in Nazareth.[...]
11. And as he turned to go a third time to pray, there came Mary unto him, and the
Lord spoke unto her, saying: “Why are you come forth unto me?”
12. She answered him, saying: “My Lord, entreat me not to leave you, nor from following
after; for this night would I watch with you in the midnight hour that you might
be comforted yet this little while.”
13. And the Lord, looking tenderly upon her, did kiss her upon the cheek, and spoke
unto her, saying: “Come then Beloved, and watch with me.”
14. And taking the cloak from off his shoulders, he placed it upon the woman, for
the night was cold and there was come upon Jerusalem a storm, thick and threatening.
But unto Mary the Beloved, the wife of Yeshua, was it appointed that she should be
the first Sophia of many mothers, to be herself as one anointed before both men and
women, to carry deep within her soul the hymn of many pearls.
Which gnosis even Yeshua did reveal to those apostles which he did gather secretly
around him after the day of his resurrection, both of men and women. And over the
gnosis did he place his brothers Thomas and James, and Mary the Beloved also, being
herself proclaimed and anointed to be the first Sophia of many mothers.