Historic Jesus

Character Profile


Spouse: Joseph

Sons: Jesus, James, Joseph, Simon, Judas (Luke 2:7,Matthew 13:55)

Daughters: Several unnamed (Matthew 13:56)

First mention: Matthew 1:16

Final mention: Acts 1:14

Meaning of her name: "Bitter"

Frequency of her name: Referred to 19 times

Biblical books mentioning her: Four books (Matthew, Mark, Luke, Acts)

Place of birth: Probably Bethlehem

Important fact about her life: She was God's chosen vessel to give birth to the Savior of the world.

Copyright 1999, used by permission from Dr. H.L. Willmington.

Mary's humble response of faith to the angel's astonishing words (Luke 1:38), her joyous exultation of the Lord (Luke 1:46-55), her strength throughout her ordeal of giving birth to the Son of God (Luke 2:1-7, 39-52), her storing the treasures of God in her heart (Luke 2:19, 51), and her perseverance as one of her Son's faithful followers (Acts 1:14) have all contributed to the fulfillment of her own words: Today millions still count her blessed for her great role in God's plan (Luke 1:47).