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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 881,125 page views. Her biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Mary of Bethany is the 751st most popular religious figure (down from 703rd in 2019). (up from 15th in 2019)

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 751 out of 2,238Before her are Expeditus, Thaïs, Angela of Foligno, Albert of Brandenburg, Brendan, and Arnulf of Metz. After her are Lucile Randon, Saint Susanna, Bruno of Querfurt, Adrian and Natalia of Nicomedia, Gemma Galgani, and Mikao Usui.

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