Who Is the Other Mary?

Matthew 28:5 gives an account of the resurrection narrative, which is where an angel has appeared at the empty tomb and gives instructions to Mary Magdalene and “the other Mary”.  But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.  There are many different ideas on who this other Mary was and since it happened so long ago, all of this is speculation now.  Mary is a common name for a female and I included four Mary’s when I wrote my second book Ancient Book Of Eli.  The first Mary was the mother of Jesus, the second was Mary Magdalene, the third was Mary sister of Lazarus and from what I could find there was this one person called Mary of Clopas and another Mary Salome,  I felt that I could switch this around and I had Salome being the mother of this Mary who was married to Clopas, thus making her Mary of Clopas the baker.  With her mother being Salome, it made sense for her to also be called Mary Salome.  It was this Mary who got married in the wedding at Cana and because I made Salome a cousin of Jesus’ mother, her daughter Mary was the sister of the apostles John and James.  I know very confusing, but it made sense to me.  I guess one reason that I wrote this book was to embellish on what could have happened and make more sense out of everything.  Below is my resurrection story, but the other Mary is not in it.

Mary Magdalene said, “The saddest day of my life was when I stood under the cross and watched when Jesus died.  Jesus always seemed to be in control of everything that was going on around Him, but while He was up on the cross, He looked so helpless.  Jesus was innocent and He suffered and died and to His very end, He was trying to save others by requesting forgiveness for those who were Salome crucified with Him.  When the Sabbath ended, I went to His tomb with Jesus’ mother Mary, His Aunt Salome and my good friend Susanna, so we could anoint Jesus’ body with burial spices that Nicodemus had given us.  On our way there, we started discussing how we could we be able to roll the stone away from the entrance to the tomb.  We decided that we would try to roll the big stone away ourselves, but if this proved to be too difficult, so we decided that we would go back and recruit as many disciples, as we thought would be necessary to help us.  We arrived at the tomb early Sunday morning, just past sunrise.  When we arrived, we saw that the very large stone had been split in two and was lying on its side, so we entered the tomb.  Inside on the right we noticed a young man sitting clothed in a white robe, which startled us.  Once our eyes adjusted to the darkness of the tomb, we realized that this was not a young man, but an angel.  The angel said, ‘Do not be so surprised.  You are looking for Jesus, the Nazarene, who was crucified.  Why are you looking for the living among the dead?  He isn’t here!  He has been raised from the dead!  Look, this is where they laid his body.  Remember He told you that He would be turned over to sinful men, be crucified, and rise again on the third day!  Now go and give this message to His disciples, including Peter.  Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee.  You will see him there, just as He told you before he died’!”

“We fled from the tomb, trembling and bewildered, not saying anything to each other, because we were too frightened to talk.  We knew that the apostles were with Steven, who was one of the seven ordained deacons that helped to look after and provide care for the widows and the poor.  When we arrived there, we found the apostles hiding out in the upper room at his house.  Inside Steven’s house, we saw Peter, Andrew, John and James and I told them that I had seen an angel of the Lord, and we all reported the instructions that were given to us from the angel.”

“Salome and her husband Zebedee were at Steven’s house along with their daughter Mary and her husband Clopas, the baker.  Clopas had made honey buns topped with sugar frosting in the shape of a cross, which he said was to honor Jesus.  Clopas also made these rolls of pastry filled with grape preserves that were shaped like bunny rabbits, which were also delicious.  Joanna the wife of Chuza soon arrived.  After we ate this lovely breakfast, Peter and John went back to the tomb with me to see for themselves.  They saw the stone was gone and they looked inside the tomb and they saw the linen cloths that Jesus’ body had been wrapped in, but nothing else.  Peter and John were amazed at what they saw and they believed what I had told them, but shortly after that, they said they were going to Peter’s house, as they were confused about what they should do.  I remained standing outside His tomb weeping.  I was still seeking direction from the one that I loved so dearly.  I was burning with the fire of love, longing for Him who had been taken away from me.”

“Suddenly Jesus was standing there beside me, but I did not recognize Him, as I thought this man must be the gardener.  Jesus said to me, ‘Woman, why are you crying?  Who are you looking for?’  I replied, ‘Sir, if you have taken Him away, tell me where He is, and I will take Him!’  Jesus said, ‘Mary!’  Then I recognized this gardener to be Jesus and I exclaimed, ‘Master!’  Jesus said, ‘Don’t hold on to me, because I have not yet returned to my Father.  But go to my disciples and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’  I ran all the way to Peter’s house and said to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord!’, and I told them everything that had happened.”

What kind of Deadheads are in that video?  I guess they don’t know the story about how Benjamin Franklin developed a new and unique method for casting bells, one that could be used to improve the production process of large bells.  The method utilized steam to assist in the cooling process while the bell is still hot.  The steam causes a rapid cooling, producing droplet of dew on the bell.  This was called “dewing the bell”.  After this process, the bell was rolled on cotton cloth to absorb the excess moisture and Franklin called that rolling away the due.

Written for Sadje at Keep It Alive What Do You See #81.

8 thoughts on “Who Is the Other Mary?

    1. Most people don’t enjoy research, but if you are willing to do some, things can be much more enjoyable. The name of this song is Franklin’s Tower and it talks about a bell ringing in the tower, which is the Liberty Bell.

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