Jesus Anointed by Mary

This story of Mary eating her own child continues:

“There was a certain woman that dwelt beyond Jordan, her name was Mary; her father was Eleazar {Greek “Lazarus”;}, of the village Bethezob, which signifies the house of Hyssop… What she had treasured up besides, as also what food she had contrived to save, had been also carried off by the rapacious guards, who came every day running into her house for that purpose… while the famine pierced through her very bowels and marrow…  and snatching up her son, who was a child sucking at her breast, she said, “O thou miserable infant! for whom shall I preserve thee in this war, this famine… Come on; be thou my food, and be thou a fury to these seditious varlets, and a by-word to the world…” As soon as she had said this, she slew her son, and then roasted him, and eat the one half of him, and kept the other half by her concealed. Upon this the seditious came in presently, and smelling the horrid scent of this food, they threatened her that they would cut her throat immediately if she did not show them what food she had gotten ready. She replied that she had saved a very fine portion of it for them, and withal uncovered what was left of her son. Hereupon they were seized with a horror and amazement of mind, and stood astonished at the sight, when she said to them, “This is mine own son, and what hath been done was mine own doing! Come, eat of this food; for I have eaten of it myself! Do not you pretend to be either more tender than a woman, or more compassionate than a mother; but if you be so scrupulous, and do abominate this my sacrifice, as I have eaten the one half, let the rest be reserved for me also.” After which those men went out trembling, being never so much afrighted at any thing as they were at this, and with some difficulty they left the rest of that meat to the mother…”

– Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Book 4, 3:4

Luke, and the other Gospels as well, mockingly imitate this event, in a way very much comparable to the “Modest Proposal” from Jonathan Swift to eat the Irish:

“Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

– Luke 10:38-42

Mary has chosen a fine portion which Martha wanted to see but they were not able to take it away and Martha was quite troubled. Just replace “Martha” with “the seditious” and suddenly this biblical passage which never made any kind of useful sense {what good part did Mary choose?;} makes much more sense. One of very many Bible passages that have no theological, moral or historical lesson or value whatsoever or any obvious reason to be included in this “holy” record, but in the context of a satire, the meaning finally becomes clear and obvious.

“…Nay, this miracle or piety derides us further, and adds the following pretended facts to his former fable…”

– Flavius Josephus Against Apion, :10

The book of John mocks this event in a slightly different way but gives us some added information about this party, namely that Mary’s father Lazarus was also there:

“Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. There they made him a supper {Mmm, yummy;}; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus {sounds delicious;}, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment… Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this. For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.”

– John 12:1-8

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