Who are the Marys in the Bible?
Here's the answer:
There are six Marys in the Bible and they are each unique.
The name Mary was a common name during the life of Jesus Christ. The Hebrew form of the name Mary is Miriam, which was the name of Moses' sister. The most well-known Mary in the Bible is the mother of Jesus. Mary was a virgin when she had Jesus and she was chosen to be the mother of the Messiah.
Another Mary is Mary Magdalene. She was from the city of Magdala. The Lord healed her from seven demons that were inside her. Mary Magdalene was the first person to see the empty tomb and see the risen Lord. The third Mary was Mary, the sister of Lazarus and Martha. This Mary was known for her faith in the Lord and knew it was more important to sit at Jesus' feet than to be busy with things that had to be done.
The fourth Mary was the mother of James the younger and Joseph and the wife of Clopas. She is one of the women who also saw the empty tomb as she was bringing spices to anoint the Lord's body. The fifth Mary is the mother of John Mark. This John Mark is the author of the Gospel of Mark. The sixth Mary is a member of the church in Rome. Paul greets her in his letter to the Roman Church.
"In the sixth month after Elizabeth had become pregnant, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee. He was sent to a virgin. The girl was engaged to a man named Joseph. He came from the family line of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel greeted her and said, 'The Lord has blessed you in a special way. He is with you'" (Luke 1:26-28).
"'Martha, Martha,' the Lord answered. 'You are worried and upset about many things. But few things are needed. Really, only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better. And it will not be taken away from her'" (Luke 10:41–42).
"When Peter understood what had happened, he went to Mary’s house. Mary was the mother of John Mark. Many people had gathered in her home. They were praying there" (Acts 12:12).