Dumb Question of the Month 10: Multiple Mary





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Uploaded on Feb 28, 2012

Quick answer to a real dumb question: "Why are there so many Marys in the New Testament?"

Source is Richard Bauckham, referring to a study by Ilan from the Journal of Jewish Studies. Bauckham writes:

"A recent study of the recorded names of Jewish women in Palestine in the period 330 BCE-200 CE finds that, although the 247 women whose names are known bore 68 different names in all, 61 of these 247 women were called Salome (including its longer version Salomezion) and 58 were called Mary (Mariamme or Maria). In other words, these two names account for 47.7% of the women. "

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