Women Of The Lost Books

The Gospel of the Birth of Mary

Anna: Wife of Joachim, mother of Mary, the mother of Jesus
Anna’s family came from Bethlehem.
Birth of Mary 1:2 Her father's name was Joachim, and her mother's name was Anna. The family of her father was of Galilee and the city of Nazareth. The family of her mother was of Bethlehem. Birth of Mary 2:9 But if reason will not convince you of the truth of my words that there are frequent conceptions in advanced years, and that those who were barren have brought forth to their great surprise, therefore Anna your wife shall bring you a daughter, and you shall call her name Mary; Birth of Mary 3:1 Afterwards the angel appeared to Anna his wife saying: Fear not, neither think that which you see is a spirit. 11 So Anna conceived and brought forth a daughter, and, according to the angel's command, the parents called her name Mary.

Mary: Daughter of Joachim and Anna, wife of Joseph the carpenter and mother of Jesus, the Christ
Birth of Mary 3:11
So Anna conceived and brought forth a daughter, and, according to the angel's command, the parents called her name Mary. (For more on all the miraculous things concerning Mary, read the entire Gospel of the Birth of Mary)

Sarah: Wife of Abraham. She is considered the first Mother of the nation of Israel.
Birth of Mary 2:6
For the first mother of your nation Sarah, was she not barren even till her eightieth year? Yet even in the end of her old age she brought forth Isaac, in whom the promise was made a blessing to all nations.

Rachel: Wife of Jacob, mother of Joseph and Benjamin.
Birth of Mary 3:7
Rachael also, so much in favor with God, and beloved so much by holy Jacob, continued barren for a long time, yet afterwards was the mother of Joseph, who was not only governor of Egypt, but delivered many nations from perishing with hunger.

The Protevangelion

Anna: Wife of Joachim, mother of Mary, the mother of Jesus, the Christ
Pro 2:1
In the meantime his wife Anna was distressed and perplexed on a double account, and said, "I will mourn both for my widowhood and my barrenness."

Judith: Maid to Anna, mother of Mary
Pro 2:2
Then drew near a great feast of the Lord, and Judith her maid said, "How long will you thus afflict your soul? The feast of the Lord is now come, when it is unlawful for anyone to mourn. 3 Take therefore this hood which was given by one who makes such things, for it is not fit that I, who am a servant, should wear it, but it well suits a person of your greater character."

Sarah: Wife of Abraham
Pro 2:10
"O God of my fathers, bless me and regard my prayer as you did bless the womb of Sarah, and gave her a son, Isaac."

Mary: Daughter of Joachim and Anna, wife of Joseph, mother of Jesus the Christ
Pro 5:6
And when nine months were fulfilled to Anna, she brought forth, and said to the midwife, "What have I brought forth?" 7 And she told her, "A girl." 8 Then Anna said, "The Lord has this day magnified my soul." And she lay in her bed. 9 And when the days of her purification were accomplished, she gave suck to the child, and called her name Mary.

Elizabeth: Cousin of Mary, mother of John the Baptist
Pro 9:19
Then Mary, filled with joy, went away to her cousin Elizabeth, and knocked at the door. 20 When Elizabeth heard it, she ran and opened to her, and blessed her, and said, "How is this come to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 21 For lo! as soon as the voice of your greeting reached my ears, that which is in me leaped, and blessed you."

Eve: The wife of Adam, mother of all living
Pro 10:5
Is not the history of Adam exactly accomplished in me? 6 For in the very instant of his glory, the serpent came and found Eve alone, and seduced her.

The Hebrew Midwife: A woman who went with Joseph to the cave where Mary gave birth to Jesus
She witnessed the bright cloud overshadowing the cave and saw the cloud turn into a great light in the cave, gradually decreasing until the infant Jesus appeared.
Pro 14:1 "Then I beheld a woman coming down from the mountains, and she said, 'Where are you going, O man?' 2 And I said to her, 'I go to inquire for a Hebrew midwife.' 3 She replied to me, 'Where is the woman who is to be delivered?' 4 And I answered, 'In the cave, and she is betrothed to me.'" 5 Then said the midwife, "Is she not your wife?" 6 Joseph answered, "It is Mary, who was educated in the Holy of Holies, in the house of the Lord, and she fell to my lot, and is not my wife, but has conceived by the Holy Spirit." 7 The midwife said, "Is this true?" 8 He answered, "Come and see." 9 And the midwife went along with him, and stood in the cave. 10 Then a bright cloud overshadowed the cave, and the midwife said, "This day my soul is magnified, for my eyes have seen surprising things, and salvation is brought forth to Israel."

Salome: A woman who went in to Mary after the birth of Jesus to check her to see if she was, indeed, a virgin
Because of her lack of faith, her hand was withered after checking Mary. She supplicated God and he sent an angel who told her to touch the infant Jesus, and she was healed because of her newfound faith.
Pro 14:14 And the midwife went out from the cave, and Salome met her. 15 And the midwife said to her, "Salome, Salome, I will tell you a most surprising thing, which I saw. 16 A virgin has brought forth, which is a thing contrary to nature." 17 To which Salome replied, "As the Lord my God lives, unless I receive particular proof of this matter, I will not believe that a virgin has brought forth." 18 Then Salome went in, and the midwife said, "Mary, show yourself, for a great controversy has arisen about you." 19 And Salome tested her with her finger. 20 But her hand was withered, and she groaned bitterly, 21 and said, "Woe to me, because of my iniquity! For I have tempted the living God, and my hand is ready to drop off." 22 Then Salome made her supplication to the Lord, and said, "O God of my fathers, remember me, for I am of the seed of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob. 23 Make me not a reproach among the children of Israel, but restore me sound to my parents. 24 For You well know, O Lord, that I have performed many works of charity in Your name, and have received my reward from You." 25 Upon this an angel of the Lord stood by Salome and said, "The Lord God has heard your prayer; reach forth your hand to the Child, and carry Him, and by that means you shall be restored." 26 Salome, filled with exceeding joy, went to the child, and said, "I will touch Him." 27 And she purposed to worship Him, for she said, "This is a great King who is born in Israel." 28 And straightway Salome was cured.

 

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