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How is Mary and Elizabeth related ? Luke 1:36
« on: September 16, 2012, 03:01:56 AM »
How is Mary and Elizabeth related ?

Luke 1:36
"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."

John the Baptist came from the Tribe of Levi.

Mary came from the Tribe of Judah.

How did they become related ?

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Re: How is Mary and Elizabeth related ? Luke 1:36
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2012, 05:42:13 AM »
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But the Greek word is "syngenis" which means "relative" which might be a cousin, or an aunt or any kind of nearer or wider family relationship for that matter.

The Israelites from the various tribes regularly intermarried and the children of a marriage are counted to belong to the tribe their father came from. There is absolutely no problem, neither when it was a distant family relationship between Mary and Elizabeth nor even when they were cousins which is quite unlikely since they are probably over 40 years apart in age.

Whether the Mother of Mary was the sister of Elizabeth or the sister of Elizabeth's Father, making Elizabeth either an aunt or a cousin of Mary, there is no problem for Elizabeth to be a descendant of Aaron and Mary from the tribe of Judah, and descendant of David.
Source: http://www.answering-islam.org/BibleCom/lk1-36.html
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Re: How is Mary and Elizabeth related ? Luke 1:36
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2012, 07:34:36 AM »

I was always taught that Anna, the Virgin Mary's mother, and Elizabeth, St. John the Baptist's mother, were sisters; thereby, making Elizabeth the aunt of the Theotokos.
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Re: How is Mary and Elizabeth related ? Luke 1:36
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2012, 07:48:48 AM »
Were the tribes of Israel allowed to marry from other tribes?

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Re: How is Mary and Elizabeth related ? Luke 1:36
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2012, 11:08:19 AM »
Were the tribes of Israel allowed to marry from other tribes?
My understanding is that only restriction was for Israelis girls who possess an inheritance (ie only child of the father) Those were only allowed to marry a man from the same tribe as that of her father.  Refer to Numbers 36:8-9

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And every daughter who possesses an inheritance in any tribe of the children of Israel shall be the wife of one of the family of her father’s tribe, so that the children of Israel each may possess the inheritance of his fathers. Thus no inheritance shall change hands from one tribe to another, but every tribe of the children of Israel shall keep its own inheritance.
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers%2036:8-9&version=NKJV

Virgin Mary the Theotokos was an only child and hence she was supposed to marry someone from the same tribe as her father.
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