MOTHERS OF THE BIBLE
MARY,in the Bible.From ©Encyclopedia.com
The Virgin, mother of JESUS. Her name is the Hebrew Miriam.
The events of her life mentioned in the NEW TESTAMENT include the archangel GABRIEL's annunciation to her of Jesus' birth; her visitation to Elizabeth, mother of JOHN THE BAPTIST; Jesus' nativity; and her station at the Cross upon which Jesus was crucified.
According to Scripture she was first betrothed, then married, to St. JOSEPH and was the cousin of Elizabeth. Tradition has it that Mary was the daughter of Joachim and Anne.
SARA wife of ABRAHAM and mother of ISAAC. She was one of the four Jewish matriarchs. After she gave birth to Isaac in her old age, she became jealous of her handmaid Hagar, Abraham's concubine, whom she drove (with Hagar's son ISHMAEL) into the desert.
ABIGAIL The sister of David, and wife of Jether an
Ishmaelite (1 Chr. 2:16,17). She was the mother of Amasa (2 Sam. 17:25).
She showed great prudence and delicate management at a critical period of her husband's life. She
was "a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance." After Nabal's death
she became the wife of David (1 Sam. 25:14-42), and was his companion in all his future
fortunes (1 Sam. 27:3; 30:5; 2 Sam. 2:2). By her David had a son called Chileab (2 Sam. 3:3),
elsewhere called Daniel (1 Chr. 3:1). (KJV Bible)
MARY the wife of Cleopas is mentioned (John 19:25) as standing at the cross in company
with Mary of Magdala and Mary the mother of Jesus. By comparing Matt. 27:56 and Mark
15:40, we find that this Mary and "Mary the mother of James the little" are one and the same
person, and that she was the sister of our Lord's mother. She was that "other Mary" who was
present with Mary of Magdala at the burial of our Lord (Matt. 27:61; Mark 15:47); and she was
one of those who went early in the morning of the first day of the week to anoint the body, and
thus became one of the first witnesses of the resurrection (Matt. 28:1; Mark 16:1; Luke 24:1).
MARY the mother of John Mark was one of the earliest of our Lord's disciples. She was
the sister of Barnabas (Col. 4:10), and joined with him in disposing of their land and giving the
proceeds of the sale into the treasury of the Church (Acts 4:37; 12:12). Her house in Jerusalem
was the common meeting-place for the disciples there.
RACHEL ewe, "the daughter", "the somewhat petulant, peevish, and self-willed though beautiful
younger daughter" of Laban, and one of Jacob's wives (Gen. 29:6, 28). He served Laban
fourteen years for her, so deep was Jacob's affection for her. She was the mother of Joseph
(Gen. 30:22-24). Afterwards, on Jacob's departure from Mesopotamia, she took with her her
father's teraphim (31:34, 35). As they journeyed on from Bethel, Rachel died in giving birth to
Benjamin (35:18, 19), and was buried "in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem. And Jacob
set a pillar upon her grave". Her sepulchre is still regarded with great veneration by the Jews.
Its traditional site is about half a mile from Jerusalem.
REBEKAH a noose, the daughter of Bethuel, and the wife of Isaac (Gen. 22:23; 24:67). The
circumstances under which Abraham's "steward" found her at the "city of Nahor," in
Padan-aram, are narrated in Gen. 24-27. "She can hardly be regarded as an amiable woman.
When we first see her she is ready to leave her father's house for ever at an hour's notice; and
her future life showed not only a full share of her brother Laban's duplicity, but the grave fault
of partiality in her relations to her children, and a strong will, which soon controlled the gentler
nature of her husband." The time and circumstances of her death are not recorded, but it is
said that she was buried in the cave of Machpelah (Gen. 49:31).
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