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Mary (of Bethany)

 

Occurrences:  28

First Reference:  Yeshua 4:10

 

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.

 

 

See:  Bethany, Jude, Lazarus, Martha, Sophiel, Yeshua

 

Summary:  Not be confused with Mary of Magdala, or Miriam, the mother of Yeshua, Mary the Beloved was born in 4 BCE as the mortal embodiment of the Heavenly Mother, the Great Mother Spirit, referred to as the Sophiel (AZC — El Shalon/El Shaloah: Emmanuel & Holy Spirit). She was the sister of Lazarus and Martha of Bethany, and the became the Beloved wife of the incarnated Emmanuel, known as Yeshua Ben Joseph.

 

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 — Demitrius).

 

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 is mentioned to be among a group of women who ministered unto Yeshua, including Mary of Magdala, Joanna – the wife of Chuza, Susanna of Jotapata, and Regilla of Hippos       Y:11:2-3

• Mary and Yeshua adopt the young slave-boy, name him Jude        Y:22:85

• Mary and Miriam bring a deaf and dumb boy to Yeshua, whom he heals while teaching publicly in Jerusalem       Y:38:13

• Yeshua sends Mary and Miriam from Ephraim to Bethany to attend to Lazarus, who had fallen ill            Y:40:28

• 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       Y:47:50

• Mary is among the seven women who first visit the tomb to find Yeshua’s body missing          Y:48:1-2

• 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         W:29:13

 

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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.[...]

 

Azrael’s Commentary - Rufinius

“...[Rufinius] retired to live in Nazareth where he was a frequent visitor in the home of Mary and Susanna of Jotapata.”

 

 

Notes/References:

 

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.

Yeshua 46:11-14

 

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.

Yeshua 52:41

 

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.

Wisdom 29:13

Martha of Bethany
Mary of Magdala