Seven Sorrows of Mary.

There is are what are called the Seven Joys of Mary and also the Seven Sorrows of Mary.

The first Joy is the Annunciation in Luke 1:29,30 where the angel Gabriel comes to her and says, "Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus", but it is also her first Sorrow because as Jesus he can merely be a Joshua and ineligible to be a leader even though Simeon prevents his exclusion as a bastard son and even predicts his greatness.

Matt 01:18 And of Jesus Christ, the birth was thus: For his mother Mary having been betrothed to Joseph, before their coming together she was found to have conceived from the Holy Spirit," (Note: that this is after the conception and sounds suspicious.)

Luke 01:35 "The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you, therefore also the holy-begotten one shall be called Son of God;" (Note: that this is before the conception, but sounds like rape.) Luke 01:38 And Mary said, "I am the maidservant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your saying," (Note: that she sees herself as a mere "maidservant" and has no power to stop it.) In the absence of magical thinking, these verses defy physical logic:

Mary and Joseph were not married, but only betrothed, and it claims that they have not come together yet, in other words, had sex, and claims that insemination happened from the Holy Spirit. Mythology has many stories that support this concept, but not without some physical cause.

In the days of Egypt, Horus was produced by Anubis from Osiris' sperm, which had been saved, although he was dead, by artificial insemination inside Isis; yet Osiris was a man and not a Spirit. Even Zeus, though a god, was still a man having testicles when he conceived the many demigods from female humans. And most importantly, this 'conception from the Holy Spirit' contradicts: Luke 03:23 "(And Jesus himself) being, as was supposed, son of Joseph" St. Paul in Romans 1:3 "His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh" The genealogies in Mathew and Luke clearly show Jesus as descending from King David. (Joseph is the father)

Detractors of Mary relish in quoting the Jewish writing and tradition that says a Roman soldier named Pantera raped her - In 177 AD the Greek philosopher Celsus, in his book 'The True Word', expressed what appears to have been the consensus Jewish opinion about Jesus, that his father was a Roman soldier called Pantera (Panther). The rumor is repeated in the Talmud and in medieval Jewish writings where Jesus is referred to as "Yeshu ben Pantera"..:

This is a misunderstanding came about because Mary's betrothed husband Joseph was a Zealot and had the nickname 'Panther'. (This led to his death.) Compare this to Revelation 13:2 where Judas appears as a 'Leopard': 'and the beast that I saw was like to a leopard'. So it is time to put this slur to Mary's character to rest!!! She is truly the blessed mother of Jesus.

However, that still appears to be a problem that some rule was broken and this has to do with Essene law First, it is important to note that all women of the Essene Community are 'virgins' by definition and not by the common meaning.

Secondly, we are told the Holy Spirit is the father, but Joseph is elsewhere in the New Testament is claimed to be the father of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is always considered to be some aspect of God, but actually, the Holy Spirit in this situation is Joseph's title being the third position of the Essene leaders called priest, levite, king (Dead Sea Scrolls: The Community Rule 1QS VIII "first Michael, on the second Gabriel, and on the third Sariel" These positions became Father, Son, Holy Spirit)

However, Joseph was almost ready to put Mary away so that his sin would not be known! (Matt 1:19). This is was because by Essene rules being merely betrothed would make Jesus illegitimate and ineligible to take his father Joseph's place as the leader of Israel. Fortunately, the Essene Angel Gabriel (see the three positions above), Simeon, declared Jesus legitimate. Caiaphas reversed this and favored her next child James as the Messiah of Israel and had Jesus crucified.

The blame for this problem was not Mary but Joseph who, in lust, took Mary before they were married. In modern law, having sex before marriage does not affect the child's legitimacy if marriage is completed afterward. You will note that Joseph is ignored, but rather Mary is exalted as the Virgin and the Mother of God. By Essene law, Jesus would remain a bastard except by special dispensation of the High Priest. For their next son James, Joseph followed the rules which made James, depending on which High Priest was in power; the true Messiah. This would be a big problem for Jesus. However, Ananias was the High Priest in 6 AD Jesus over Boethus (the dragon of Revelation).

The proof is there in the Bible. Matt 01:16 "And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who was called the Christ." Matthew has carefully placed "of whom was born" after Mary in the feminine case after Joseph's genealogy so that it merely shows Jesus to be of Mother Mary. This allows for the blame to be on Mary or to allow for an immaculate conception.

Luke 03:23b "(And Jesus himself) being, as was supposed, son of Joseph, which is the son of Heli'. Luke, in his more correct genealogy, is saying the "supposed son of Joseph" because an illegitimate child is not considered a son. Later, church leaders would use this as proof that Mary conceived immaculately. This opinion would disguise Jesus' illegitimacy and cover up the rape.

Luke's story is more favorable to Mary

Luke 01:26 "And in the sixth month (June) was the angel Gabriel sent by God, to a city of Galilee, the name of which is Nazareth," An angel is an Essene priest and the same angel as with Zechariah. Gabriel is second to God, the highest priest, and is the one that represents God to Man or merely "Man", thus like Jesus Zechariah is "the Son of Man" on the priestly hierarchy.

Luke 01:27a "to a virgin," 'Virgin' merely means female nun.

Luke 01:27b "betrothed to a man," Betrothed certainly does not mean allowed to have intercourse even according to the Catholic Church today

Luke 01:27c "whose name is Joseph, of the house of David," Meaning a descendant of King David as indicated in the genealogy.

Luke 01:27d "and the name of the virgin is Mary."

Luke 01:28 "And the angel having come in unto her, said, 'Hail, favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women;" Luke 01:29 "and she, having seen, was troubled at his word, and was reasoning of what kind this salutation may be." Luke 01:30 "And the angel said to her, 'Fear not, Mary, for you have found favor with God;" Certainly, Mary is flustered and ashamed because she believes herself responsible for the sexual encounter even though it was not her fault, but the Essenes consider that all females are seducers. (DSS 4Q184). The priest gives her absolution for being raped!

Luke 01:31 "and lo, you shall conceive in the womb, and shall bring forth a son, and call his name Jesus;" Mary must have confessed that she has missed her period and is pregnant, yet the priest is pretending to predict it. Since sons are preferred, the angel gives her comfort that she will have a son, who will be as a Joshua (Jesus).

Luke 01:32a "he shall be great, and Son of the Highest he shall be called," The 'Highest' would mean the same position as the angel, which is named Gabriel, also known as 'Man' by the Essenes, thus Jesus would call himself the 'Son of Man'. (God (High Priest), Man, Son of Man) (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). Note that Jesus only calls himself the "Son of Man', but all others seem to call him 'Son of God' and for this, he was crucified!

Luke 01:32b "and the Lord God shall give him the throne of David his father," Most importantly the priest is saying that, according to him, her son will not be deprived of his father's inheritance as he is not being considered to be illegitimate.

Luke 01:33 "and he shall reign over the house of Jacob to the ages; and of his reign there shall be no end." His title will be the 'Jacob', as it was for his grandfather Heli (See the genealogy), meaning the head of the Mission to the Diaspora (the scattered remnants of the Jews in other countries.) Thus resolving the non-matching generations in Matthew and Luke.

Luke 01:34 "And Mary said unto the angel, 'How shall this be, seeing a husband I do not know?' Mary knows the rules that her son would technically be illegitimate for she has no husband, being merely betrothed; she knows she technically had sex outside of marriage.

Luke 01:35a "And the angel answering said to her, 'The Holy Spirit shall come upon you," This use of Joseph's title of 'Holy Spirit', since he was third in the hierarchy as the David King, is a deceptive way of pretending that it was not Joseph, who had sex with her. Then also it is pretended to be a prediction, making it sound real. (This deception of it being a Spirit and not a man was later turned into the Immaculate Conception and the erasing of her motherhood of four other children.)

However, this would only be a valid prediction if Joseph had followed the Essene rules The rules state that after betrothal in June, there was to be no sex until after November. These rules were followed by Zechariah and Elizabeth, who conceived in December of the previous year and would give birth in September. When Mary joins her in Mird after June she is already pregnant, indicating Mary's sexual contact in June. **************************************************************

Given the well-known purity of Mother Mary, there is no doubt that Mary would have kept to this marriage rule and remained a virgin until the prescribed time, thus the Old Testament euphemism of 'knew you' meaning 'having sexual relations' has now been updated with "come upon you" meaning that Joseph was on top of her. (rape?) (Even though it was spousal rape.)

Luke 01:35b "and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you, " Luke 01:35b "therefore also the holy-begotten thing shall be called Son of God;" The priest is saying he will keep her safe from stoning, which is the punishment for sex out of wedlock and that her child would not have to be put up for adoption as illegitimate, being eligible to be part of the Essene community, who called themselves "the sons of God". Unfortunately, after Simeon was replaced as leader, the high priests Boethus and Caiaphas reversed this pronouncement and declared Jesus to be illegitimate.

Luke 01:36 "and lo, Elizabeth, your kinswoman, she also has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month to her who was called barren"; Luke 01:37 "because nothing shall be impossible with God." Elizabeth is six months into her pregnancy when the angel Gabriel announces Mary's pregnancy in June in Luke 01:26 above, thus six months pregnant and, since the conception was in December sixth months time is the same as the sixth month in the Roman calendar: June. The labels 'old' and 'barren' merely mean following the rules of abstaining from sex for a long time until it is allowed for the purposes of conception.

Luke 01:38 "And Mary said, 'Lo, the maid-servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your saying' and the angel went away from her." It is interesting to note that Mary is to become the maid-servant of Elizabeth who bears "John" who is referred to as 'Lord' and of higher status than Jesus as John is being born of the priest caste.

Matthew's story is more slanted towards Joseph:

Matt 01:18 "And of Jesus Christ, the birth was thus: For his mother Mary having been betrothed to Joseph, before their coming together she was found to have conceived from the Holy Spirit," The Holy Spirit is Joseph in the third position in the hierarchy. Note that 'coming together' dodges the rape issue. Paul confirms that Jesus is "of the seed of David according to the flesh" (Romans 1:3)

Matt 01:19 "and Joseph her husband being righteous, and not willing to make her an example, did wish privately to send her away." 'Righteous' is a title that is used as 'Just' in Joesph's second son James the Just and in Jesus' first son 'Jesus Justus'. Joseph would be 'just' even if he was a misogynist. The audacity of Joseph is to hold Mary responsible as an adultness; 'justified' because all females are seducers (Essene scrolls DSS 4Q184.)

Matt 01:20 "And on his thinking of these things, lo, an angel of the Lord in a dream appeared to him, saying, 'Joseph, son of David, you may not fear to receive Mary your wife, for that which in her was conceived is of the Holy Spirit," For God's sake, it is his child! He is the Holy Spirit as Jesus will be after his death. The angel is Simeon, the Gabriel. The dream is more like a reprimand for his selfish thoughts.

Matt 01:21 "and she shall bring forth a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins."

Matt 01:22-23 "The pesher of Isaiah 7:14 is said to be fulfilled:"

Matt 01:24 "And Joseph, having risen from the sleep, did as the angel of the Lord directed him, and received his wife," Joseph's 'sleep' lasted from June to September while Mary was hiding away from him with Elizabeth. Women were required to be separated from men when pregnant. Perhaps, she still feared that Joseph might put her away as a whore if people saw her pregnancy. Elizabeth consoles her.

Matt 01:25 "and did not know her till she brought forth her son-- the first-born, and he called his name Jesus." This verse implies great restraint on Joseph's part and also to mix not his sperm with that of the 'Holy Spirit'. Now, he is following the Essene rule of no sex before marriage!

Josephus Wars of the Jews 2.8.13 "They do not use to accompany with their wives when they are with child, as a demonstration that they do not many out of regard to pleasure, but for the sake of posterity." The term 'first born' would seem to imply more children giving credence to her four other sons listed Matt 13:55 & Mark 06:03. Clearly, Mary is super-fertile, she will have four more sons: Joseph, Joses (Matthias), Jude. and Simon, until she was widowed on the death of Joseph in 23 AD appearing in the parable: Widow's coin and under her own name Dorcas (Acts 9:36-43), being re-ordained as a widow by Peter.). Since each son was conceived six years apart (7 year interval) we can know their birthdays: Jesus: 7BC, James the Just: 1AD, Joses-Barnabas, 8 AD, Judas Barsabbas , in 15 AD, and Simon-Silas 22 AD, dying in 120 AD.

Luke's story describes Mary's trauma and terror: Luke 01:39 "And Mary having arisen in those days, went to the hill-country, with haste, to a city of Judea," (Note 'with haste' as she is concerned that if she is seen to be with child that Joseph could have her stoned for infidelity to cover up his sin.) Luke 01:40 "and entered into the house of Zechariah, and saluted Elizabeth."

Luke 01:41 "And it came to pass, when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe did leap in her (Mary's) womb; and was filled with the Holy Spirit," (given Luke 01:35 Joseph's rape previously will now be known as Mary is clearly pregnant with his child)

Luke 01:42 ('and: Greek kai' after Elizabeth - Codex Sinaiticus has only 'k' - is out of place, making Elizabeth the speaker) Elizabeth speaks out with a great voice, ('great voice is similar Jesus on the cross Matt 27:46 and Mark 15:34 meaning voice of authority as Elizabeth is Mary's superior and thus is the speaker) and said, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb;" Luke 01:43 "and whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord (the angel Gabriel being the head of the convent) might come unto me? " Luke 01:44 "for, lo, when the voice of your salutation came to my ears, leap in gladness did the babe in my womb;" Luke 01:45 "and happy is she who did believe, for there shall be a completion to the things spoken to her from the Lord (the angel Gabriel)." Elizabeth comforts her, reminding her of Gabriel's promise, and expresses gladness that they will be together during her pregnancy.

Mary finds solace in this song that she sings. Luke 01:46-55 "And Mary said, 'My soul does magnify the Lord,' ... (similar to 1Samuel 2:1-10) Luke 01:56 "And Mary remained with her about three months, and turned back to her house." Mary stayed with Elizabeth three months and thus being able to carry to term, she would be eligible for marriage according to the Essene Rules of Marriage - "three month probation before marriage:"

Josephus Wars 2.8.13 (retranslated): "There is yet another order of Essenes, who, while at one with the rest in their mode of life, customs and regulations, differ from them in their views on marriage. They think that those who decline to marry cut off the chief function of life - that of transmitting it - and furthermore that, were all to adopt the same view, the whole race would very quickly die out. They give their wives, however, a three month's probation, and only marry them after they have thrice undergone purification (no menstruation), in proof of fecundity (of pregnancy to term)."

It is September and Elizabeth would be delivering John the Baptist. And when the shepherds came to adore the child in the manger: Luke 02:19 "Mary was preserving all these things, pondering in her heart;" Remembering with sadness how Joseph's rape had taken away the joy that she should feel.

And when Jesus as a youth was found in the temple: Luke 02:51b "and his mother was keeping all these sayings in her heart " Again she would feel the sadness. Jesus' religious illegitimacy would haunt him all his life, but it did make him an advocate of the underdog. He changed the strict Essene rules by allowing uncircumcised men and women entry into the Church and to partake of the sacred ceremony of wine and bread, turning mere baptism (water) into wine in his first miracle.