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:
- Mary of Cleopas
- Mary Magdalene
- Mary, mother of James & John often considered the same woman as Salome (disciple)
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.
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.
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