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Eight myths about Mary, the mother of Jesus

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Of all the characters in the Bible, there might be none more consistently misunderstood and misrepresented than Mary, the mother of Jesus. At Sanctuary, we have been preaching a series of messages focused on Mary and her tumultuous journey (you can listen here). Through my research, I have developed a picture of Mary that differs significantly from those we commonly see on Hallmark cards, movies, and tv shows. Therefore, I present eight myths about Mary and their corresponding truths.

1. Myth: Mary looked like this:


For an image of what Mary more likely looked like, read to the bottom of this post.


2. Myth: She was in her mid-20s when she gave birth to Jesus.

Truth: Most young women in that day married in their early to mid teens. Scholars believe Mary was probably about 14 years old when Gabriel visited her, which would likely make her 15 on the first Christmas. (Incidentally, if you have a daughter, how would you respond if she came home pregnant at 14?)


3. Myth: Mary and Joseph were…