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The Three Marys (or Maries) refer to the three biblical Marys who came to the sepulchre of Jesus in the Gospels and were companions of Mary, the mother of Jesus. All four gospels include a mention of the incident, but only Mark (16:1) identifies all three. In the verse, the three are:

In tradition

The indications regarding the visit to the tomb from each of the gospels:

  • John 20:1 tells us that Mary Magdalene went to the tomb apparently by herself.
  • Matthew 28:1 28:1 says that Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.
  • Luke 23:59 talks of the women who came with Jesus from Galilee and, Luke 24:1, they went to the tomb apparently to anoint Jesus.
  • Mark 16:1 indicates Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went to the tomb to anoint Jesus.[1]

The Three Marys have been featured in numerous pieces of art and literature, including the Melisende Psalter, El Greco's Disrobing of Christ and Peter von Cornelius's The Three Marys at the Tomb, among others. The Eastern Orthodox Church especially celebrates them, and numerous icons represent them.

The earliest known representation of the three Marys was discovered in a chapel in the ancient city of Dura Europos on the Euphrates, painted before the city's destruction in 256 CE.

The Three Marys by Alexander Moody Stuart, first published 1862, reprinted by the Banner of Truth Trust, Edinburgh, 1984, is a study of Mary of Magdala, Mary of Bethany and Mary of Nazareth.

"The Belt of Orion" constellation in Latin America is called as Las Tres Marías (The Three Marys). Other Western nations sometimes call it "The Three Kings".

See also

References

  1. "Three Marys", Lenten Meditations, Mary Institute, University of Dayton
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