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originally posted by: firefromabove
These are Christian traditions!
To begin with, the Protoevangelium records that when Mary’s birth was prophesied, her mother, St. Anne, vowed that she would devote the child to the service of the Lord, as Samuel had been by his mother (1 Sam. 1:11). Mary would thus serve the Lord at the Temple, as women had for centuries (1 Sam. 2:22), and as Anna the prophetess did at the time of Jesus’ birth (Luke 2:36–37). A life of continual, devoted service to the Lord at the Temple meant that Mary would not be able to live the ordinary life of a child-rearing mother. Rather, she was vowed to a life of perpetual virginity. However, due to considerations of ceremonial cleanliness, it was eventually necessary for Mary, a consecrated "virgin of the Lord," to have a guardian or protector who would respect her vow of virginity. Thus, according to the Protoevangelium, Joseph, an elderly widower who already had children, was chosen to be her spouse. (This would also explain why Joseph was apparently dead by the time of Jesus’ adult ministry, since he does not appear during it in the gospels, and since Mary is entrusted to John, rather than to her husband Joseph, at the crucifixion).
The average lifespan in ancient times was 35 but that figure was skewed by a high child mortality rate. So if a person made it to their teens it was common for people to survive to 40-50 at least. So reaching 90 or 100 was not impossible.
What the Torah Says to Older People About Aging In Pirke Avot 5:24 and Psalms 90:10, God lays out His plan for how people are supposed to prepare for their life's work. Through the teen years, the Jew should study the Bible, Mishnah, the Commandments, and Talmud. By twenty, the Jew's life work begins, but he does not take positions of authority until age 30. Age 40 brings discernment, and by 50 the Jew is ready to counsel others. Not until age 60 is a man considered an elder, and is endowed with special strength at age 80.
Psalms 90:10; Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
At Mishnah Avot 5:24, we find the 14 Ages of Man At five years of age the study of Scriptures, At ten years of age the study of Mishnah, At thirteen subject to the commandments, At fifteen the study of Talmud, At eighteen marriage, At twenty pursuit of career, At thirty peak of achievement, At forty wisdom, At fifty able to give counsel, At sixty becoming an elder, At seventy fullness of years, At eighty for special “strength” (Psalm 90:10), At ninety body bent, And at a hundred as good as already dead and gone from the affairs of this world.