Who was Elisabeth

Who was Elisabeth: Luke 1:5-7

There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.

The Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible: (page 93)

Elizabeth, KJV Elisabeth. The wife of the priest Zechariah, and the mother of John the Baptist.

Elizabeth, who bore the name of Aaron's wife (Exod. 6:23 Elisheba)), was of priestly decent. From the standpoint of Jewish law and custom which required priests to marry virgins of Israelitish birth, but not necessarily of priestly families, her marriage to the priest Zechariah would have been considered ideal. In addition to pure lineage, both partners are described as possessing faultless characters.

There was one limitation. Elizabeth, like Sarah and Hannah of old was barren- to a Jewish woman a privation almost too great to be born. The story in Luke records ...the wonderous deed of God by which her barrenness was overcome in her old age and a child of great promise -a way-preparer for the Messiah-was brought into the world.

Consider Mrs. Eddy's paragraph in Science and Health: 61:29 The formation of mortals must greatly improve to advance mankind. The scientific morale of marriage is spiritual unity. If the propagation of a higher human species is requisite to reach this goal, then its material conditions can only be permitted for the purpose of generating. The foetus must be kept mentally pure and the period of gestation have the sanctity of virginity.

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