Mary of Bethany

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Mary of Bethany is a biblical figure mentioned only by name in the Gospel of John in the Christian New Testament. Together with her siblings Lazarus and Martha, she is described by John as living in the village of Bethany, a small village in Judaea to the south of the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem.Medieval Western Christianity identified Mary of Bethany with Mary Magdalene and with the sinful woman of Luke 7:36–50, very common for that time period. This influenced the Roman Rite liturgy of the feast of Mary Magdalene, with a Gospel reading about the sinful woman and a collect referring to Mary of Bethany. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mary of Bethany has received more than 830,717 page views. Her biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia. Mary of Bethany is the 704th most popular religious figure (up from 748th in 2019), the 15th most popular biography from Palestine (up from 17th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Religious Figure.

Mary of Bethany is most famous for being the sister of Martha and Lazarus. She is also known for being the woman who anointed Jesus' feet with perfume and washed them with her hair.

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Among religious figures, Mary of Bethany ranks 704 out of 2,272Before her are Abdullah ibn Saba', William Tyndale, Gertrude the Great, Nikephoros I of Constantinople, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, and Martin Bucer. After her are Nathan Söderblom, Catherine of Vadstena, Antipope Boniface VII, Maudgalyayana, Ibrahim ibn Muhammad, and Fatima al-Fihri.

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Among people born in Palestine, Mary of Bethany ranks 15 out of 28Before her are Athaliah (-900), Herod Archelaus (-23), Jehoshaphat (-908), Justin Martyr (100), Isabella I of Jerusalem (1172), and Abdullah Yusuf Azzam (1941). After her are Pekahiah (-800), Sozomen (400), Ismail Haniyeh (1962), Hilarion (291), Khaled Mashal (1956), and Ahmed Qurei (1938).


Among religious figures born in Palestine, Mary of Bethany ranks 8Before her are Zechariah (-90), Elizabeth (-100), Pope Evaristus (44), Amos (-800), Jehoshaphat (-908), and Justin Martyr (100). After her are Hilarion (291).