Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. John 19:25
Ok so we’ve got Mary, Jesus’ mom.
And then we’ve got Mary Magdalene.
It says here that Mary’s sister was named Mary, too, and she was married to a guy named Clopas.
Were parents really unoriginal back then? Why would they name two daughters the same thing? (Perhaps since kids were named after relatives, one Mary was named after, say, an aunt and the other Mary was named after grandma?)
Could this Mrs. Clopas lady be Mother Mary’s sister in law?
OR, is this verse talking about 4 women:
- Mother Mary
- Mary’s unnamed sister
- Mrs. Clopas
- Mary Magdalene