And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Mary the mother of Joses.—In Matthew 27:61 she is described simply as “the other Mary.”
See on Mt 27:51-56; and Joh 19:31-42.See Poole on "Mark 15:42"
beheld where he was laid: very likely they saw Joseph, and his men, take him down from the cross, and they followed him, and observed where he laid him; or, as the Ethiopic version reads, "where they buried him"; placing themselves, as Matthew suggests, right "over against the sepulchre", Matthew 27:61; so that they were witnesses of his death, and of his burial, as they afterwards were of his resurrection from the dead.And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Mark 15:47. τέθειται: from the perfect Meyer and Weiss infer that the women were not present at the burial, but simply approached and took note where Jesus lay after burial. Schanz dissents, and refers to the καὶ before ὅτε in Mark 15:41 in some MSS., as proving that they had come to render the last office to Jesus.47. Mary Magdalene] and Mary the mother of Joses (see note above, Mark 15:40) and the other women (Luke 23:55), “beheld,” i. e. observed carefully, the place where He was laid, and where, surrounded by all the mystery of death,
“Still He slept, from Head to Feet
Shrouded in the winding-sheet,
Lying in the rock alone,
Hidden by the sealèd stone.”Verse 47. - And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid (ἐθεώρουν ποῦ τίθεται); literally, were beholding where he was laid. These women were two of the group mentioned at ver. 40. They remained, after the body of our Lord had been deposited, in sad and silent contemplation. The women appear to have broken up into two groups. One group went alone to purchase spices and ointments, which it was necessary for them to do before six o'clock, when the sabbath commenced; in readiness for the embalming. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses and Salome appear to have bought them after six o'clock on the Saturday night.
Imperfect tense. Were looking on meanwhile. The verb also implies steady and careful contemplation. They took careful note.
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