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How Old Was Mary When She Had Jesus?

I was always taught that she was somewhere between 12 and 14, a perfectly normal age to be married and have a child in those times.

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There is no historical document which tells us how old Mary was when she had Jesus. Scholars generally agree it was sometime in her early teens: from 13 years old to 15 years old.

In the language of the Catholic Encyclopedia, Jewish maidens would have been considered "manageable" from the age of 12 and-a-half, at which point they would have been betrothed and married to a man, as Mary was. Mary was still betrothed to Joseph when she conceived our Lord, which leads us to believe that she was on the younger side.

http://oce.catholic.com/index.php?title=Ma..._Blessed_Virgin

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do you know how old marry was when she had jesus? some people say 15![/b]

She was in her teens and it was normal because that's how old girls were when they were married. I heard that she was around 13.

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yer 15 came to my head when i saw this topic but that is a very young age to have a baby!

:scared:[/b]

You have to consider that lifespans and also the infant mortality rate were different then and if men were going to ensure that their families' bloodlines were carried on, they had to have children with women young enough to one, healthfully carry a baby to full term and two, do it more than at least a couple times to ensure that a healthy child lives until he's of age to do the same.

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I don't think we can be historically sure. We don't know for sure whether or not Jesus was even Mary's first born child. The nativity stories are most certainly not historical so there's no intrinsic reason to presume that Jesus was Mary's first born.

Josh

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I don't think we can be historically sure. We don't know for sure whether or not Jesus was even Mary's first born child. The nativity stories are most certainly not historical so there's no intrinsic reason to presume that Jesus was Mary's first born.

Josh[/b]

Well, the Bible says that Mary was a virgin when she had Jesus, so Jesus was Marys first born.

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Well, the Bible says that Mary was a virgin when she had Jesus, so Jesus was Marys first born.[/b]

That is very unlikely to be historical, the point of the story was symbolic or metaphorical or even poetic, it was narrative. Historical studies are somewhat negative when it comes to the virgin birth, they tend to point to Jesus as having been born in Nazareth to a married couple: Joseph and Mary. :)

Josh

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That is very unlikely to be historical, the point of the story was symbolic or metaphorical or even poetic, it was narrative. Historical studies are somewhat negative when it comes to the virgin birth, they tend to point to Jesus as having been born in Nazareth to a married couple: Joseph and Mary. :)

Josh[/b]

Scripture very clearly witnesses that Mary had no relations with men at the time of the Incarnation.

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That is very unlikely to be historical, the point of the story was symbolic or metaphorical or even poetic, it was narrative. Historical studies are somewhat negative when it comes to the virgin birth, they tend to point to Jesus as having been born in Nazareth to a married couple: Joseph and Mary. :)

Josh[/b]

Scripture very clearly witnesses that Mary had no relations with men at the time of the Incarnation.[/b]

very true Benedictus. here is some scripture:

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.(KJV)

Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. (KJV)

Luke 1:26-38 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."

"How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"

The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God."

"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her. (KJV)

those are just 3 of many. :)

and getting back on topic, i was also taught that girls were married very yound back then bewtween 12 and 14.

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