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Birth of Mary
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Also called Genna Marias, Genealogy of Mary, and Descent of Mary. A noncanonical work mentioned by the early church father Epiphanius, who called it a forgery (Panarion 26.12.1). Not to be confused with the Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of the Birth of Mary, or the Protevangelium of James. The Birth of Mary was never widely authoritative in the early church period.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Birth of Mary
Birth of Mary Also called Genna Marias, Genealogy of Mary, and Descent of Mary. A noncanonical work mentioned by the early church father Epiphanius, who called it a forgery (Panarion 26.12.1). Not to be confused with the Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of the Birth of Mary, or the Protevangelium of James.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Mary, Birth of
MARY, BIRTH OF. Title of the apocryphal text more formally called the Genna Marias, also variously known as the “Genealogy of Mary” or “Descent of Mary.” One of the many books no longer extant that were popular among gnostic sectarians, The Birth of Mary is known only from an excerpt found in Epiphanius’
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 4, M–P
Mary, Birth of
Mary, Birth of. Also Descent of Mary or Genealogy of Mary (Gk. Genna Marias). A Gnostic document known only from its mention by Epiphanius (Pan. 26.12.1–4; K. Holl’s ed., 1:290–91). It identifies the Zechariah of Matt. 23:35 with the father of John the Baptist, and says he was killed because he told
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
MARY, BIRTH OF
MARY, BIRTH OF. The birth of Mary (Jesus’ mother) is recorded in the apocryphal Protoevangelium of James. The beginning of the text recounts how Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anna, an elderly and barren couple, longed for a child. In return for the fulfillment of this wish, Anna promises an angelic messenger