A Biography of Mary From Ancient Scriptures
Awarded the 2018 Bronze Medal as an Exemplary Christian Biography
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Using the eyewitness testimony from Joseph's youngest son, Apostle James, biographical data was rewritten in the historical narrative format.
Author Irene Baron wrote the book in answer to a popular song asking if Mary knew what was going to happen to her. Baron said, "Yes, Mary knew what was going to happen to her. By the time she was one year old, all of Galilee knew her she would be the mother of the Savior.
The testimony of Apostle James states that God named, blessed, and ordained Mary to be the mother of Jesus, Immanuel before her conception. It contains biographical information about the tribulations of Mary’s parents, Mary's birth and life, her vow to God, the elderly and reluctant Joseph, the tribulations of Mary and Joseph, life in Galilee, and the holy birth of Jesus Immanuel.
There has never been, nor will there ever be, the birth of a God on Earth as when Jesus was born. It was a holy and epic birth witnessed by Joseph, James, midwife Zelomi and midwife Salome. Shortly after the birth, Salome had a personal trial in the birthing cave. After her instant healing upon holding the Holy Child, she said, "From henceforth, all the days of my life, I will attend upon and be a servant of this Infant." She was with the holy family as a friend and helpmate throughout the life of Christ and was present at His death.
This biography is a compilation of traditions and history from ancient scriptures not found in the New Testament. Bible scholars state the scriptures of James were omitted because they were about a woman, not Jesus. The scriptures contain information about angels and miracles which occurred because of Mary. Angels told her parents that Mary would be more blessed than any woman or may net born on the Earth. The only person born on Earth more blessed than mary was her son, Jesus Immanuel.
The primary documents used in compiling Mary's story were written by James, the youngest son of Joseph and stepbrother of Lord Jesus. James lived in his father's home and accompanied Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem along with two of his brothers. He was an eye witness for all that happened during Mary's pregnancy and the events surrounding the virgin birth of Jesus, Immanuel. James and his scribes wrote Mary's story. James left a signed written document verifying his testimony, a copy of which is included in the book. The main book he authored was the Protevangelion, a historical account of the Virgin Mary and the birth of Christ. Online addresses to the ancient scriptures are referenced in the Mary Knew book.
SIGNED TESTIMONY OF JAMES: "I James wrote this History in Jerusalem; and when the disturbance was, I retired into a desert place until the death of Herod. And the disturbance ceased at Jerusalem. That which remains is, that I glorify God that he hath given me such wisdom to write unto you who are spiritual, and who love God; to whom there be glory and dominion forever and ever, Amen."
James became a chief Apostle and the first Bishop of the Christians in Jerusalem. His documents and others about Mary and Jesus Christ were used in the early Christian churches for hundreds of years.
Oh, friends and readers—this really is the most enchanting book I read to date this year; I hope you go out and get your own copy if you’ve not already done so. Definitely 5 stars!
DAVID V. WRIGHT II
Irene Baron has put together a document that once I started reading, I could not put down! The story of Mary is written showing great research and clarity. I highly recommend this book to all that seek the life and history of Mary. It is a great book that I will make part of my Biblical reference for future use. Very well done!
Irene Baron does something I didn’t imagine could happen, she introduced me to characters and events in the life of Mary and Christ that I had never heard of. And she backs it up with some very impressive references. This is a book that makes you wonder about the life of one of the most well-known individuals in Christian history, the mother of Jesus Christ. It’s written in a very lovely, simple style that reads like fiction (with tons of accurate historical and Biblical references). For believers and non-believers, this book is well worth the time to read it. It never hurts to learn something new.
Irene Baron has produced a very accessible for all accounts of the life of Mary. It is fascinating and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I could recommend it for Christians young and old, as well as those exploring the faith and those who just want to know more about the historical figure of Mary.
I so enjoyed my book. I reread it often. Thank you so very much.
I learned much about Mary I never knew. Mary Knew is a beautiful book and a good read. Very impressive.