BIBLICAL FACTS ABOUT MARY     

Reference to Mary in  New Testament epistles
& Acts of the Apostles

 

Paul -
the Apostle 

He wrote 13 New Testament epistles comprising 2036 verses - Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. In all his writings he makes no mention of Mary.

What did he write about Mary?
Nothing

 

Peter -
the Apostle

He wrote 1 & 2 Peter - 2 New Testament epistles comprising 166 verses. He  refers to the purity and beauty of the lives of women and cites holy women and Sarah of the past as good examples. He could have referred to Mary as a great example - but he did not. If you contend that Peter was the first Pope, was it not seriously remiss of him not to make any mention of Mary?

What did he write about Mary?
Nothing

 

 

James -
the Apostle

He wrote one New Testament epistle comprising 108 verses. He makes frequent reference to prayer but no suggestion that Mary should be invoked.  

What did he write about Mary?
Nothing

 

 

Jude -
the Apostle  

He wrote one New Testament epistle comprising 25 verses. He states, 'that we should contend earnestly for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.' He makes 14 references to the titles of Christ but not one mention of Mary.

What did he write about Mary?
Nothing

 

 

Writer of
Hebrews   

He wrote one New Testament epistle comprising 303 verses. Presents Christ as 'our Great High Priest', who is qualified to empathise with those experiencing troubles and trials but in this connection makes no mention of Mary. Frequently refers to the excellencies of Christ but not a hint that Mary shares these or has any of her own.

What did he write about Mary?
Nothing

 

 

John -
the Apostle

He wrote 3 epistles and the *Book of Revelation comprising 537 verses without making any reference to Mary. In his first epistle he emphases the incarnation and humanity of Christ but not a word about Mary. In the Revelation he presents a glorified Christ and a graphic prophetic account of coming events but not a single reference to Mary.

*Ch.12. To suggest that this is Mary is clutching at straws. She is not for the following reasons. 1. Verse 2 says, 'being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered'  According to Pope Alexander III, Mary “gave birth to her Son without pain”. 2.Verse 6 says, this 'woman fled into the wilderness and God fed her there 1260 days', (three & a half years). 3. Verse 17 says, 'the dragon made war with the remnant of her seed'. If it is Mary why doesn't the Apostle John state so explicitly? The titles of Christ - 'Jesus', 'Christ' and 'Lord' occur at least 33 times in Revelation. Mary not once. Reference to sun, moon stars, remnant and 1260 days have a clear resonance with the Old Testament and confirm that the woman is Israel.

 

What did he write about Mary?
Nothing

 

 

Luke -
the Apostle

He wrote the Book of Acts - containing 1006 verses. It is an account of early Apostolic activity covering a period of about 30 years. Luke refers to 14 women by name. In Chapter 19, he records a riot instigated by Demetrius and the craftsmen who made shrines of Artemis the pagan goddess and whose trade was being threatened by the preaching of the gospel. Did he present Mary as the 'Christian alternative' to these pagans? A resounding No! He preached Christ.
Interestingly, there are at least 14 recorded sermons in the Acts of the Apostles but not one has any reference to Mary. He makes only *one small reference to Mary in Chapter 1.
* He merely gives her name - Acts 1:14. This is the last reference to Mary in the NT.

What else did he write about Mary?
Nothing