Early Christian Quotes on Mary
Odes of Solomon (1st or 2nd Century) 19:7-9:
The Virgin became a mother with great mercies.
And she labored and bore the Son but without pain, because it did not occur without purpose.
And she did not require a midwife, because He caused her to give life.
Irenaeus’ Against Heresies (Late 2nd Century) Book 5, Chapter 19, Paragraph 1:
Just as the virgin Eve was led astray by the word of an angel, so that she fled from God when she had transgressed His word, so the Virgin Mary received the glad tidings from an angel that she would sustain God, being obedient to His word.
Eve did disobey God, but Mary was persuaded to be obedient to God, in order that the Virgin Mary might become the advocate of the virgin Eve. And just as the human race fell into bondage to death by means of a virgin, so is it rescued by a virgin; virginal disobedience having been balanced out by virginal obedience.
In the same way, the sin of the first created man is set right by the obedience of the First-begotten, and the coming of the serpent is conquered by the harmlessness of the dove.
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