I’m posting this in order to make it easy for myself to find these articles on my Facebook page at a later date, when the links become buried by time.
Two Fascinating Articles on Mary (written by Protestants)
From Church History Magazine, Issue 83, comes this:
From the same issue of the same magazine, comes more of Mary’s history, including a bit about her parents, Joachim and Anne:
I’ve also been told Mary’s father, Joachim, was a Jewish Rabbi, and she (Mary) was given back to God at birth, in a very similar way to the story of Samuel.