How does the Gospel of Mark portray Mary?

Of the four Gospels, Mark has the least information about Mary. There is no infancy narrative in Mark, so we hear nothing about Jesus’ birth or early life. The first reference to Mary is in Mark 3:31-35, when Jesus’ family (including his mom) come looking for him while he is preaching. Mary is later mentioned by name when Jesus returns to Nazareth and the people refer to him as “the son of Mary” (6:3). Beyond that, though, Mark says nothing about Jesus’ mother, focusing instead on Jesus’ adult life and his ministry.


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