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Large House Theory

InsulaThe incidental details may suggest that Mary's Jerusalem house according to Mark 14.14 was not part of "an insulae," or "apartment" complex, but was a large house with a gateway that acted as a buffer between the street and the inner courtyard and rooms.✞

My Guest Room

Mark 14.14 reads, "Say to the owner of the house he enters, 'The Teacher asks, where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?'" It seems according to John Foster in "The First Advance - Church History 1, AD 29-500" that the house of Mary the mother of Mark, may have been the place of meeting for the first congregation of Christ's Church, the first of the "house churches."

Three Thousand Added

Luke never portrays the entire post-Pentecost community gathered in one place. In Acts 2.41 we read, "Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day". If we are to understand the number three thousand as in any sense an accurate count of these believers, they obviously could not have gathered under one roof. Peter's instruction to the group assembled in Mark's house suggests the reality of multiple places for meeting. ✞

Several House Meetings

We read in Acts 12.17 that, "Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison. 'Tell James and the other brothers and sisters about this,' he said, and then he left for another place." The disciples were to report his release to James and "the brethren," who were presumably meeting elsewhere according to editors Ralph P. Martin and Peter H. Davids in "Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Development." It is interesting to look up the other Bible references to Mary's Jerusalem house. Was this was the same house used for so many other events in the life of Jesus?✞

"Mary's House Jerusalem"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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