The following is a passage of scripture that definitely identifies Mary Martha's sister.
“ Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
(It was THIS Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)”
Notice here that this is definitely talking about Mary, Martha's sister. This veses makes it perfectly clear that the Mary spoken of here is the sister of Martha and of Larzarus was her brother. This verse goes even a litter further to make absolutely sure that this is no misunderstanding and emphasizes that this was the Lazarus who was sick.
Now I want to draw your attention not only to the fact that Mary, Martha's sister ANOINTED the Lord with oil and wiped his feet with her hair, but to HOW it was stated. It says, “It was this Mary”. This leaves absolutely no doubt that it was Martha's sister Mary, which ANOINTED the Lord with OINTMENT, and wiped his feet with her hair.
Let us look at the passage of scripture here in John 12:1-8 , which tells us of THIS INCIDENT of Mary, Martha's sister ANOINTING the Lord with OINTMENT.
“Then Jesus six days before the passover came to BETHANY, where Lasarus had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.
There they made him a supper; and Martha serve: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.
Then took MARY (which we already know is Martha's sister) a pound of OINTMENT of SPIKENARD, VERY COSTLY, and ANOINTED the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment.
Then said one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him,
Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the POOR?
This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was therein.
Then Jesus said, LET HER ALONE: against my burying has she kept this.
For the POOR always you have with you; but me you have not always.”
I have emphasised several things in this passage of scripture that I want you to notice.
First and formost is the fact that this passage of scripture is speaking of MARY the sister of Martha and Lazarus.
I have empasised the name of the town in which this take place, because IF when we compare with other scripture we can clearly see that the other passages occurred in DIFFERENT places, then they would without a doubt be DIFFERENT women. However if all these accounts that we will be comparing are found to be in the SAME town then these women may be one and the same woman. One woman we positively already know as being MARY the sister of Martha and Lazarus. The name of the town where MARY anointed the Lord is called BETHANY.
Moving on we see that MARY ANOINTED the Lord with an OINTMENT. Here we learn that the name of this ointment is called SPIKENARD, and the it is VERY COSTLY. One of the disciples of Jesus, Judas Iscariot states the the value of this ointment is THREE HUNDRED PENCE.
Notice to tone of his voice. He is highly upset that this ointment was used in this fashion and should have been sold and the money given to the POOR.
Now I want to draw your attention to that reaction of Jesus. Our Lord jumps to the DEFENSE of MARY and says, Let her alone.
Then Jesus makes this statement, “against the day of my BURYING has she kept this.” One of the meanings of the word translated here as “kept” means to observe. When someone “observes” a holiday tradition the “keep” the rituals or duties of that specific custom or tradition. So in other word Mary has done this ANOINTING the Lord with oil for his burying that quite possibly may have just sunk in and the reality of Jesus's death became all to real to her. This will become more apparent to you in the other passages which we will be looking at shortly.
Finally I want you to notice the wording of this last statement of Jesus, “For the poor ALWAYS you have with you; but me you have NOT ALWAYS.”
Now let us go to the gospel of Matthew and closely examine a very similar passage of scripture where the woman is NOT named and make a comparison of the two accounts.
Matthew 26:6-13 tells us this,
“Now when Jesus was in BETHANY, in the house of Simon the leper,
There came to him a WOMAN having an alabaster box of VERY PRECIOUS OINTMENT, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
But when his disciples saw it, they had INDIGNATION, saying, To what purpose is this waste?
For this OINTMENT might have been sold for so much, and given to the POOR.
When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, WHY TROUBLE YOU THE WOMAN? For she has wrought a good work upon me.
For you have the POOR ALWAYS with you, but me you have NOT ALWAYS.
For in that she has poured this OINTMENT on my body, she did it for my BURIAL.
Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel is preached in the whole world, there shall ALSO this, that this woman has done, be told for a MEMORIAL of her.”
Now in this account we are not given the NAME of the women, but is there enough evidence between the two accounts told to us from two different writers of the New Testament to draws a conclusion that these two accounts are describing the SAME event?
If we then conclude that they are infact the SAME event, then we must also conclude that this unnamed woman here in Matthew chapter 26 is also infact MARY the sister of Martha.
Let us begin making the comparison. First we see that the name of the town is the SAME. In both accounts the name of the town is BETHANY.
Next we see a woman comes to Jesus having some VERY PRECIOUS ONITMENT. Although the wording may be slightly different the message is the same. One account says VERY COSTLY and the other says VERY PRECIOUS. I do not see how any could say that these words though they are different mean different things altogether. To me if something is VERY COSTLY it is also VERY PRECIOUS. I would assume most would agree with this deduction, so we will move on.
As always in each account of the gospels there is different wording and some writers give MORE DETAIL than the other writers. This does not mean that they are different events, but only means that these particular details stuck out in their minds as they recorded in the wrtiting of these accounts. I suppose one could form an opinion that each and every one of these accounts are different events altogether, and their reason being is that each and every word does not match exactly. To me this reasoning would not be sound.
So what do we know for sure about this OINTMENT? We know that it is very costy and very precious. In one account we are told the name of the ointment is called SPIKENARD and the other account the name in not given, but we are told that it was in an ALABASTER BOX.
What else do we know? We know that in one account the price or value of the ointment was THREE HUNDRED PENCE and in the other account we are only told that it could have been sold for SO MUCH. All this says to me that the writer did not remember the EXACT amount and did not want to misrepresent his version of what he remember that took place.
Now notice that when his disciple saw this event taking place they viewed it as a WASTE and were filled with INDIGNATION. The word “indignation” here means anger brought on by something unjust or unworthy.
The disciples were angry and thought this act of pouring out this very costly and very precious ointment upon Jesus was a WASTE and should have been sold and the money be given to the POOR.
Now in both accounts the response of Jesus was the SAME. First Jesus DEFENDED the woman. In one account he said Let her alone and in the other account he said Why trouble you the woman? Now I ask you does this fact that the words are not exacly the same mean that these two acounts are describing two separate events? To me the respose of Jesus is the SAME. I see no notable difference between these two accounts. To me they are thus far very similar in every detail.
For example the words Jesus used to respond or answer the disciples indignation was in one account “For you have the POOR ALWAYS with you, but me you have NOT ALWAYS.” And in the other account Jesus answered, “For the POOR ALWAYS you have with you, but me you have NOT ALWAYS.” These two reponses of Jesus are virtually the SAME exact wording. Both accounts are saying the SAME EXACT thing here in this verse.
We will look at one final comparison befor we move on and look at yet another account in one of the other gospels. I want you to notice that in defending this woman, who we know for certain in one account is MARY the sister of Martha, that Jesus make this unusual statement in one account.
“Wheresoever this gospel is preached in the whole world, there shall also THIS, that this women, (who we know as MARY, Martha's sister in one account) has done, be told for a memorial of her.”
This does not seem much at this point, but as we compare the other gospels you will see how they all tie together. Jesus states that she has done THIS THING of ANOINTING his body with this very costly and very precious ointment for his BURIAL or BURYING. Yes, different words, but exactly the SAME meaning. In one account we are told by Jesus that MARY kept or observed this time for his BURYING. In the other account Jesus said that THIS which this woman has done will be for a MEMORIAL to her.
Now while we are on this particular point I want to go to the gospel of Luke 10:38-42 and pull out one observation that I made comparing the different accounts of Mary and this unamed woman to see if she is in fact Mary, Martha's sister.
Martha is preparing a meal and asks Jesus to get her sister Mary to help her. Jesus repsonds to her that she is TROUBLED ABOUT MANY THINGS, then says but ONE THING is NEEDFUL, and Mary has chosen that GOOD PART. Then Jesus makes this statement, which shall not be TAKEN AWAY form her.
Let me put this is my own words to get you to think. Basically after studying these different accounts I found them to be so similar in every respect. And I observed that this statement also speaks the same thing. Jesus is saying her that THIS GOOD thing that Mary has chosen to do will NOT BE TAKEN from her, but will in fact become a MEMORIAL to her where this gospel is preached in all the whole. Can you see this?
Notice that we are not told specifically what this GOOD PART that Mary had chosen was for certain, but through the years some have SPECULATED that it was that Mary had chosen to sit a Jesus feet and listen to him teach. Now this is certainly true that Mary did sit at Jesus' feet and hear his teaching, but we are NOT TOLD SPECIFCALLY that this is what Jesus was referring to when he said GOOD PART. Any way, if what I has observered in in fact that GOOD PART, then this is just another similarity that ties all these account together to show without a doubt that they are all speaking of the SAME event and therefore would make MARY, Martha's sister to be the unnamed woman.
Let us continue by looking at the other gospel accounts. Next we will look at Mark 14:3-9 which gives the account of the unnamed woman that anionted Jesus with OINTMENT and wiped his feet with her hair in this manner,
“And being in BETHANY in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an ALABASTER BOX of OINTMENT of SPIKENARD VERY PRECIOUS; and she brake the box and poured it on his head.
And there were some that had INDIGNATION within themselves, and said, Why was this WASTE of the ointment made?
For it might have been sold for for than THREE HUNDRED PENCE, and have been given to the POOR. And they murmered against her.
And Jesus said, LET HER ALONE; WHY TROUBLE YOU HER? She has wrought a GOOD WORK on me.
For you have the POOR with you ALWAYS, and whensoever you will you may do them good: but me you have NOT ALWAYS.
She has done what she could: she is come beforehand to ANOINT my body to the BURYING.
Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she has done shall be spoken of for a MEMORIAL of her.”
Again we see that this event of the woman, who in one account we are told is MARY, Matha's sister, which ANOINTS Jesus with an OINTMENT, occurs in the very SAME place, the town called BETHANY.
Next we learn that she carried this ointment in an ALABASTER BOX according to two of the gosple accounts. Then we learn for two other gosples that the ointment is called SPIKENARD, and is also VERY PRECIOUS or as the one account says, is VERY COSTLY. So you can see how some gosple accounts give slightly different renderings, but yet they all tie together telling of the SAME event.
Again we see the when she had POURED this very costly and very precious ointment upon the body of Jesus the SOME were filled with INDIGNATION at the WASTE of such a costly and expencsive ointment.
Then we learn that two of these three gosple accounts give the EXACT SAME price of the expected value of the ointment of SPIKENARD to be THREE HUNDRED PENCE. So what are the odds of this if these are to be viewed as separate and intirely different events altogether?
Again we see Jesus DEFENDING the woman using the SAME words from the two other previous accounts we compare at the first.
In one account Jesus said, LET HER ALONE, and in the second account Jesus said, WHY TROUBLE YOU HER. And in this third account we learn that Jesus used BOTH of these phases to defend the woman, who in the first account we know without a doubt is Mary the sister of Martha. In this third account Jesus says, LET HER ALONE AND WHY TROUBLE YOU HER. Angain what are the odds of this happening if these were treated as separate and comepletely different events?
Then again notice that Jesus said she has wrought of done a GOOD WORK or has chosen the GOOD PART.
Next we again see the same wording with more detail as in the first two accounts. Jesus tells us in short, the POOR you have ALWAYS with you, implying you can do good to them anytime; but me you do NOT have ALWAYS with you. It is the exdact same message in all three of these accounts.
Again we find that this woman has ANOINTED the body of Jesus by pouring this ointment unpon him for his BURIAL or BURYING.
Finally we see the exact same testimonial for this woman which we be to her for a MEMORIAL wherever the gosple is preached in all the world. Think about what this means as we look and compare the four gospel. We have already looked at the gosple of John, then we went to the gospel of Matthew, then thirdly we compared the first two with the gosple of Mark. Now let us look at the account of the woman ANOINTING Jesus with OINTMENT if the gospel of Luke.
Turn to Luke 7:36-48 which reads,
"And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And when he went into the Pharisee's house, and st down to meat.
And, behold, a women in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an ALABASTER BOX of OINTMENT.
And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with her tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and ANOINTED him with the OINTMENT.
Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spoke within himself, saying, This man if he were a prophet, would have known what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto you. And he said, Master say on.
There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owned five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love most?
Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave the most. And he said unto him, You have rightly judged.
And he turned to the woman, and said, unto Simon, See you this woman? I entered into your house, you gave me not water for my feet, but she has washed my feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
You gave me no kiss, but this woman since the time I came in has not ceased to kiss my feet.
My head with oil you did not anoint: but this woman has ANOINTED my feet with OINTMENT.
Wherefore I say unto you, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she has LOVED much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.
And he said unto her, Your sins are forgiven.”
We learn from this account that the name of the head of the house is SIMON where Jesus is invited to sit and eat a meal.
Again we see a woman with an ALABASTER BOX with OINTMENT come and ANOINT the feet of Jesus.
We agains see this woman wipe the feet of Jesus with her hair. However this time we learn that the reason she came to Jesus was to seek forgiveness of her sins. We find that she WEEPED and washed the feet of Jesus with her feet. She may also have perceived or come to the realization that Jesus was about to lay down his life and would no longer be among them. What ever the reason she weep soarly before the feet of Jesus show her LOVE for him by kissing his feet.
Again we see Jesus DEFENDING the woman, but this time the writer goes into the asspect of her being a SINNER, in which Jesus also confirms that she had MANY SINS. But Jesus goes on to say that because of her LOVE her sins are forgiven her and the reason for her heart of abundant thankgivings and gratitude is because she is forgiven much.
Now let us continue in Luke 8:1,2, the very next charter and read.
"And it came to pass AFTERWARD, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and showing glad tidings of the kingdom of God: the TWELVE were WITH HIM,
AND certain WOMEN, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, MARY called MAGDALENE, out of whom went seven devils.”
This WOMAN, whose name was MARY, called MAGDALENE was WITH Jesus right AFTER or AFTERWARDS he healed women of evils spirits or DEVILS and infirmities. And in MARY, called Mardalene, Jesus cast out or healed her of seven devils or evil spirits.
I find it interesting that it was AFTERWARDS or right after this event of this unnamed woman who ANOINTED Jesus with OINTMENT from an ALABASTER BOX, and wiped Jesus' feet with her hair , that we are told of this woman named MARY who is called Magdalene. Some say she is from Magdala and therefore she is called Mary Magdalene, which means Mary from Magdala. This I agree is a logical assumption, but the fact that this particular Mary may be ORIGINALLY from Magdala does not mean that she cannot be one and the same Mary, as Mary, Martha's sister who we know for a fact ANOINTED Jesus with ointment and wipe his feet with her hair.
Surely it cannot be denied that Mary Magdalene greatly LOVED the Lord and possessed a heart filled with gratitude and thanksgiving. Mary Magdalene was truly thankful for MUCH as Jesus described of the woman who ANOINTED him with OINTMENT from an ALABASTER BOX who we also know to be named MARY from one of the other accounts in the Bible.
Think about this for a moment. How many different women named Mary ANOINTED the feet of Jesus with OINTMENT from an ALABASTER BOX and WIPED his feet with her HAIR? For me there are far to many similarities to say that Mary called Magdalene and Mary, the sister of Martha are entirely two different Marys without a doubt. There just is no scriptural evidence to support this view.
However on the other hand there is at least evidence to indicate that they may very possibly be one and the same.
But then again there is NOT enough conclusive evidence to say absolutely for sure either way. Now if I had to make a choice, then I would lean to the side that says that these two Marys are one and the same, simply because there is more evidence to support such a claim.
Consider how much Mary Magdalene LOVED the Lord and even after his death went to the grave before dawn. And how she wept when she saw the tomb empty, thinking someone stole the body of Jesus who she came to ANOINT.
Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene FIRST, and then spoke these words, THOUCH ME NOT; for I have not ascended to my Father. One could come up with all sorts of thoughts on what Jesus meant by these words, but one thought that came to me was how Jesus might have remember how she had ceased not to kiss his feet and weep over him a few days ago before his death and how she ANOINTED his body for the BURYING. Not wanting to be delayed to go to his Father Jesus told her, THOUCH ME NOT, because I must ascend to my Father first, but I will return, so go and tell my brethren. What ever the reason it seemed that Jesus did not have time at the moment for a long reunion. It was important that he go to the father first.
Then consider how much Jesus LOVED MARY, Martha's sister, her brother Lazarus and also Martha. And how much MARY would rather be WITH the Lord than to help her sister Martha.
Mary, Martha's sister loved the Lord greatly as well as Mary called Magdalene loved the Lord greatly. This does not prove without a doubt that they are the SAME Mary, but this additional fact support their being they SAME rather than proving they are different women altogether.
So for absolute certainly we can only conclude that there are at least THREE different Marys.
And there MAY POSSIBLY be as many as six different Marys.
Thanks for reading. Grow in knowledge and the love of our Lord. May God bless you richly as you search for the truth of his word.
Yours in Christ Jesus
Always and forver, Mark.
The following are my study notes showing every srcipture wher the name Mary is found in the Bible. I sepapated them into catagories that definitely indentified certain Marys, such as Mary the mother of Jesus.
A question was asked, Is Mary, Martha's sister one and the same as Mary Magdalene ?
The word “Mary” is found 54 times in the Bible. Here is a complete list. The name “Mary is found in 6 different books of the Bible, all in the New Testament.
Matthew 1:16,18,20 / 2:11 / 13:55 / 27:56,56,61,61 / 28:1,1
Mark 6:3 / 15:40,40,47,47 /16:1,1,9
Luke 1:27,30,34,38,39,41,46,56 / 2:5,16,19,34 / 8:2 /10:39,42 / 24:10,10
John 11:1,2,19,20,28,31,32,45 / 12:3 /19:25,25 /20:1,11,16,18
Acts 1:14 /12:12
MARY WHO ?
The following is a list of all the verses of scripture that positively without a doubt refer to Mary, the mother of Jesus, where the name “Mary” is found alone, that is to say, without another person named Mary along with her. We will look at these verses next. There are 5 verses referring to Mary the mother of Jesus found in Mathew, 1 found in Mark, and 12 found in the gospel of Luke, for a total of 18.
Matthew 1:16 “And Jacob beget Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.”
Matthew 1:18 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.”
Matthew 1:20 “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeard unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, you son of David, fear not to take unto you Mary your wife: for that which is conceived is her is of the Holy Ghost.”
Matthew 2:11 “Andwhen they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”
Mathew 13:55 “Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not this his mother called Mary ? And his brethren, James, and Jose, and Simon, and Judas?
And his sisters, are they not all with us...?
Mark 6:3 “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? Are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.”
Luke 1:27 :To the virgin empoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgins name was Mary.”
Luke 1:30 “And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for you have found favor with God.”
Luke 1:34 “Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?”
Luke 1:38 “And Mary said, behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to your word. And the angel departed form her.”
Luke 1:39 “And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;”
Luke 1:41 “And it came to pass, that, when Elizebeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost.”
Luke 1:46 “And Mary said, my soul soes magnify the Lord.”
Luke 1:56 “And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.”
Luke 2:5 “To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.”
Luke 2:16 “And they came with haste and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.”
Luke 2:19 “But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.”
Luke 2:34 “And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against.”
Here is a list of scripture references where the name “Mary” is found in the same verse with one or more other women with the same name “Mary”. There are 7 such references found in the Bible.
Matthew 27:56 “Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children.”
Matthew 28:1 “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the seplucher.”
Mark 15:40 “There were also women looking afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Jose, and Salome;”
Mark 15:47 “And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jose beheld where he was laid.”
Mark 16:1 “And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had brought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.”
Luke 24:10 “It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.”
John 19:25 “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, (who we know is called Mary), and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.”
Here are the verses that definitely refer to Mary, the sister of Martha and the sister of Lazarus who Jesus raised from the dead.
Luke 10:39 “And she had a sister called Mary, which sat at Jesus feet, and heard his word.”
Luke 10:42 “But one thing is needful: and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
John 11:1 “Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.”
John 11:2 “(It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)”
John 11:19 “And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.”
John 11:20 “Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still at the house.”
John 11:28 “And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calls for you.”
John 11:31 “The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She is going unto the grave to weep there.”
John 11:32 “ Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
John 11:45 “Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.”
John 12:3 “Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very precious, and anointed his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment.”
Here is a list of all the other places where the name “Mary” appears that may be referring to other women named Mary or may refer to one of the Marys, which we already can clearly indentify.
Acts 12:12 “And when he had considered the thing, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John, whose surname was Mark; where many were gathered together praying.”
This may be another Mary or this may be Mary the mother of Jesus, because of John 19:25 where Jesus commits his mothers care into the hands of one of his disciples.
Romans 16:6 “Greet Mary, who bestowed much labor on us.”
This may be another Mary, but just as easily may be any one of the Marys we already know about.
Now the following list may be other women named Mary, but I believe that they are referring to Mary the Mother of Jesus, because of Matthew 13:55, which says,
“Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And his brethren, James, and Jose, and Simon, and Judas?”
Mary the mother of Jesus had other children. She had at least four son and possibly five. Simon and Salome may be one and the same or they may be different brothers of Jesus. And yet a third possibility is the this is a different Mary who is the mother of Salome and also has sons named James, James the less, and Joses, but I think this is highly unlikely.
Personally I am undecided. It may just another spelling of Simon, much like Noe is the same as Noah. But the name Salome means peaceful prosperous one, and Simon means he has heard or obedient one, so with this in mind it appears that they are different people. I just don't know for sure at this point. Jesus may have had just four brothers, or Salome may be a fifth brother, but this does not limit Jesus to having even more brothers who may not be named.
Matthew 27:56 ...Mary the mother of James and Joses...
Matthew 27:61 ...the other Mary...
Matthew 28:1 ...the other Mary...
Mark 15:40 ...Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome...
Mark 15:47 ...Mary the mother of Joses...
Mark 16:1 ...Mary the mother of James, and Salome...
Luke 24:10 ...Mary the Mother of James...
So we have for sure:
Mary the Mother of Jesus
Mary, the sister of Mary the mother of Jesus, and also the wife of Cleophas
Mary Magdalene or Mary called Magdalene
We know that without a doubt that these THREE Marys are different women and definitely not the same woman.
We also know of a Mary, which is Martha's sister. Now the question still remains is she a different Mary than the three that we positively know about, or could she one of the three?
The question has been raised as to whether or not Mary, Martha's sister is one and the same as Mary Magdalene?
Let us examine the evidence from the Bible alone comparing scripture with scripture to base our conclusion.
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