Mary of Jerusalem

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Mary of Jerusalem

Biblical woman . A wealthy and influential woman of Jerusalem and the mother of John, also called Mark, possibly one of the writers of the four gospels (Acts 12:12).

A resident of Jerusalem, Mary of Jerusalem was the mother of John whose other name was Mark, thought by the 2nd-century Christian writer Papias to be one of the writers of the four gospels. In the Bible, no mention is made of Mark's father. Mary of Jerusalem was apparently of some wealth and influence, as her large and well-staffed house became a meeting place for the early Christians of Jerusalem, and it was there that the disciples gathered following the release of the Apostle Peter who had been imprisoned by Herod Antipas. When Peter was miraculously liberated, an angel accompanied him to Mary of Jerusalem's house, where he was met at the door by the servant Rhoda , and inside found "many gathered together praying."