Mary, Mother of Jesus

Mary was a 1st-century BC Galilean Jewish woman of Nazareth, and the mother of Jesus, according to the New Testament and the Quran.

The gospels of Matthew and Luke in the New Testament and the Quran describe Mary as a virgin; according to Christian theology she conceived Jesus through the Holy Spirit while still a virgin. The miraculous conception took place when she was already betrothed to Joseph. She accompanied Joseph to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born.

Mary has been venerated since early Christianity, and is considered by millions to be the most meritorious saint of the religion. She is claimed to have miraculously appeared to believers many times over the centuries. The Eastern and Oriental Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran churches believe that Mary, as mother of Jesus, is the Mother of God (Θεοτόκος, Theotokos, ‘God-bearer’).

Mary as title

Mary

Who is Mary, Mother of Jesus?

Chronology

Perspectives on Mary

Marian dogmas

idolatry

The veneration of images of Mary is called Marian devotion (Lithuania), a practice questioned in the majority of Protestant Christianity.

Mary in culture

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