no, no you didn’t identify mary’s great grandmother

Ismeria

The Ortenberg Altarpiece c1410-20 Centre panel: Virgin and Child surrounded by Saints, Anne, Elizabeth, Mary Cleophae, Mary Salome, Agnes (with Lamb) Barbara (with Castle) Dorothy (with Roses) Ismeria. Children are Christ's cousins. St Servatius, Ismeria © Image Asset Management Ltd. / SuperStock

You have got to be absolutely kidding me.

Jim West has the story of Discovery’s article about the supposed grandmother of Mary.

At one point, the Discovery article says:

“Mary herself is mentioned very little in the Bible,” added Lawless, a lecturer in history at the University of Limerick. “The huge Marian cult that has evolved over centuries has very few scriptural sources.”

Simply because something is mentioned very little doesn’t mean you get to make things up to fill in the gaps.

Check out the post if you need a laugh/cry.


Here’s Jim’s take:

Oh boy… this headline takes the prize for most rambunctiously unsupported historically – JESUS’ GREAT GRANDMOTHER IDENTIFIED. What? When? Where? How? (Why?????) The great grandmother of Jesus was a woman named Ismeria, according to Florentine medieval manuscripts analyzed by a historian. The legend of St. Ismeria, presented in the current Journal of Medieval History, sheds light on both the Biblical Virgin Mary’s family and also on religious an … Read More

via Zwinglius Redivivus

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