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How old was Mary likely to have been when she was engaged to Joseph and then found to be pregnant by the Holy Spirit?



A. 12-15
B. 16-20
C. 21+
Asked by Isaac, Last updated: Dec 18, 2019

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered Sep 08, 2016

12-15-of course, there is no way to be sure how old mary was, but 12-15 is the most likely option. under roman law, the minimum age for marriage (for girls) was 12 and the evidence suggests that, throughout the empire, the average age for girls to get married was 15. however, data from rabbinic (jewish) sources suggests that within israel the average age was actually 12 with earlier betrothals (source: karl p. donfried & peter richardson, judaism and christianity in first-century rome, p.134-135). in other words, mary might have only been 11 years old when gabriel showed up with his news!
 

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