New Video – Mary’s Age and Luke 1:42: Refuting a Christian Apologist’s BAD Argument

As-salaam alaikum! This is a short video (for once!) in response to a really BAD argument made by a Christian apologist in the comments section of my video response to “Islam Critiqued” (Part 2). The Christian attempted to show that Mary must have been an older “woman” (he didn’t say how old…18 perhaps?) by using Luke 1:42 as proof. This argument is easy to debunk once we look at the historical context.

2 thoughts on “New Video – Mary’s Age and Luke 1:42: Refuting a Christian Apologist’s BAD Argument

  1. The Infancy gospel of James (2nd century) is explicit Mary was 12 years old when Joseph an old man married her. Chapter 9 Joseph is concerned what people would say about him marrying young

    (3) When she turned twelve, a group of priests took counsel together, saying, “Look,
    Mary has been in the temple of the Lord twelve years. (4) What should we do about her
    now, so that she does not defile the sanctuary of the Lord our God?” (Infancy gospel of James chapter 8:3-4)

    (7) And the high priest said, “Joseph! Joseph! You have been chosen by lot to take the virgin into your own keeping.”(8) And Joseph replied, saying, “I have sons and am old, while she is young. I will not be ridiculed among the children of Israel.”(Infancy gospel of James chapter 9:7-8)

    though Christians would dismiss this non canonical infancy gospel the fact it was a 2nd century writing floating for others to read shows Mary’s age was known to be young

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    1. Ultimately, the burden of proof is on the Christians to show that Mary was older. Since 12 was the standard age for marriage at that time among Jews, there is no reason to question that age for Mary. Also, from the internal evidence of the canonical gospels, it’s possible that Joseph had other children before Jesus was born, which means that was older than Mary. I don’t think he was 90, but he could have easily been in his mid to late 20s or even older.

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