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THE blessed and ever glorious
Virgin Mary, sprung from
the royal race and family of David,
was born in the city of Nazareth,
and educated at Jerusalem, in the
temple of the Lord.
Who, when he saw Joachim
along with the rest of his
neighbours, bringing his offerings,
despised both him and his offerings,
and asked him,
Why he, who had no children,
would presume to appear among
those who had? Adding, that his
offerings could never be acceptable
to God, who was judged by him
unworthy to have children; the
Scripture having said, Cursed is
every one who shall not beget a
male in Israel.
For the first mother of your
nation, Sarah, was she not barren
even till her eightieth year: and
yet even in the end of her old age
brought forth Isaac, in whom the
promise was made of a blessing to
Rachel, also, so much in
favour with God, and beloved so
much by holy Jacob, continued
barren for a long time, yet
afterwards was the mother of Joseph,
who was not only governor of
Egypt, but delivered many nations
from perishing with hunger.
Mary ministered unto by angels.
The high priest orders all virgins of fourteen
years old to quit the temple and endeavour to be married.
having vowed her virginity to the Lord.
The high-priest commands a meeting of the chief persons
who seek the Lord for counsel in the matter.
A voice from the mercy-seat.
The high-priest obeys it by ordering all the unmarried
men of the house of David to bring their rods to the altar,
that his rod which should flower, and on which the
Spirit of God should sit, should betroth the Virgin.
Originally posted by oliveoil
reply to post by Jordan River
I wonder why some Bibles contain the Apocrypha and some do not? I guess it depends on if your Catholic or not. Go figure.
[edit on 26-12-2009 by oliveoil]
5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
Originally posted by mopusvindictus
The Temple of the Jews at the time was under the influence of what i could only describe as darkness... via Rome... the oppression and importance of women was waning, the time of witch burnings was dawning and it was almost a global effort...
The real sin of Christ in the eyes of the Temple as i see it was after bringing the capacity to worship in nature, allowing lepers and the sick and the rest of the good Christ did, he set his eyes on the freedom of women which was unacceptable...
To me of far greater significance is Mary Magdalene, who was to the best of my knowledge among the last of the female Jewish priestesses, which in the tie carried the Goddess tradition, few know this for fact but I assure you i can read Hebrew and Aramaic and truely The Jewish religion was NOT monotheistic as we would call it today but rather viewed the creator as a dualistic being with both a Feminine and masculine aspect.
Mary Magdalene perhaps called a "whore" being the same Mary Christ saved from stoning in text would have actually practiced a form of sex magic designed to bring healing to men...
Since Christ could not possibly have been considered a Rabbi or Saint without marriage, it seems then he chose a woman of a highly sexual nature in a time when women were soon to be butchered for simply knowing how to heal or holding any place of importance...
Never ordered the building of a new Church, I am of the belief, he Intended for Women to rule the clergy not men.... had he have survived... There are many passages in the "missing texts" that refer to her as an Apostle not simply a consort of companion...
In Greece they chiseled her words from stone... and her records were for a long time erased and they show a philosophy more Eastern than Western in thought and it is FAR more in order with the behaviors of Christ, the Three wisemen from the East etc.... than the modern church is today
I would say very early on, before there was even something to call the Church, it had become a victim of the same rampant anti Female conspiracy/philosophy that was sweeping the Western world at the time...
In short, to me it all boils down to an appalling disregard to the spiritual connection and spiritual Capacities of women which were feared by men...