Talk:Mary of Bethany
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I have added cites to the Anglican-Episcopal tradtion, as well as correcting what must be a wrong wording or malapropism. Bearian 20:38, 30 April 2007 (UTC)
Deleted material for Mary Magdalene section
I deleted this material which was unsourced and possibly original research because it seemed generally redundant with what was already stated. I am however retaining it here since it was so extensive. If someone (possibly the original contributor) can find the original source reference, he/she may want to reincorporate some of this material:
- To examine the incidents of the anointing by and the revelation of the identity of the penitent woman, perhaps as an example of Systematic Theology, one may see how the story is told, in Luke 7:37,38, on the occasion of Jesus' visit to the home of one Simon, a Pharisee (perhaps the same Simon who had been a leper [Matt 26:6; Mark 14:3]) how an unidentified woman has a profound experience with Christ while He reclines at the table in Simon's house. The woman 'brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.' (NIV)
- In terms of Systematics, Lk. 7:38, Jn.11:2 and Jn. 12:3 give rise to the possibility of logical progression of the identity of the woman with the jar of perfume to be Mary of Bethany.
- John 11:3 points out that, while Lazarus was sick but before his death and resurrection by Christ, Mary and Martha called for Jesus. In the same Scripture, Mary of Bethany, sister of Martha and the critically ill Lazarus, is identified as having been the one who 'poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.' Thus, according to one interpretation and in the absence of any other, the Johannine tradition possibly identifies Mary of Bethany, sister of Lazarus with the unidentified "sinner" in the house of Simon the Pharisee.
- Finally, to carry the Systematic reference to the identity of the woman whose tradition it was to anoint the feet of Jesus, in Matthew 26:12 (cf. Mark 14:3 and John 12:2-3), the woman who anoints Jesus with 'a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume' (NIV) is identified explicitly as Mary of Bethany, sister of Martha and the resurrected Lazarus. The time frame is explained when reference is made to the people coming to see Lazarus as well, the one whom Jesus previously had raised from the dead. This occurrence is shortly before the trial and crucifixion of Christ.
- The identification in John 12:3 is made after Lazarus had been sick, died, been buried and finally resurrected. As such, it was after Mary of Bethany had been identified in John 11:3, while Lazarus was ill, as being the woman who had previously poured perfume on Christ and wiped His feet with her hair.
Use of Catholic Encyclopedia
It seems odd to me that the Roman Catholic view of Mary of Bethany is drawn entirely from the early 20th-century version of the Catholic Encyclopedia. That text, though available online, is unbelievably out of date, having been since revised and supplanted by the New Catholic Encyclopedia. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.127.116.11 (talk) 02:24, 26 May 2012 (UTC)
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