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Bethany

Overview page. Subjects: Biblical Studies.

The village of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, c.2 miles from Jerusalem, where Christ lodged during the week before His Passion. Its modern name is Ἁzaryah, i.e. ‘the place of Lazarus’. ‘Bethany...

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broom

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A sprig of this shrub (in Latin planta genista) was said to have been worn as a crest by Geoffrey of Anjou, and to be the origin of the name Plantagenet. The word is recorded from Old...

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key

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

A key (representing one's own key to a house) is often used as a symbol on a coming-of-age card.

Keys are the emblem of St Peter (see Peter1), St Petronilla, an early Roman martyr...

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ladle

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A ladle is the emblem of St Martha, seen as the epitome of housewifely virtues.

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Lazarus

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity.

The name of two apparently separate figures in the NT.

1 The poor man in Christ's parable of Dives and Lazarus (Lk. 16: 19–31).

2 The brother of...

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Mary Magdalene

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity.

(1st century).

This follower of Christ, ‘out of whom he had cast seven devils’, who stood by his cross, went to anoint his body at the tomb, and to whom the risen Christ appeared...

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Marys in the NT

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity.

Besides (1) the Blessed Virgin Mary and (2) St Mary Magdalene, there are: (3) ‘The wife of Cleopas’ (Jn. 19: 25), who stood by the Cross. (4) ‘The mother of James and Joses’ (Mk. 15: 40),...

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Sara

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In one legend of the arrival of St Martha with Lazarus and Mary in Provence, Sara is said to have been Martha's black maidservant who settled at Les Saintes, and became patroness of gypsies.

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St Veronica

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity.

A woman of Jerusalem who is said to have offered her head-cloth to Christ to wipe the blood and sweat from His face on the way to Calvary; He returned it with His features impressed upon...

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