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Three Thousand

InsulaThe incidental details we know about may suggest that Mary Jerusalem house also called "the Cenacle" or "dining room" is a room located in the David's Tomb Compound in Jerusalem traditionally held to be the the site of the Last Supper. According to Mark 14.14 it 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

Jesus said to his disciples according to Mark 14.14, "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?'" According to John Foster in "The First Advance - Church History 1, AD 29-500" the house of Mary, the mother of Mark in Jerusalem was the place of meeting for the first congregation of Christ's Church, the "First Christian church."

Three Thousand Added

Saint Luke never portrayed 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 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 multiple places for meeting.

Several House Meetings

In Acts 12.17 we read 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 Jerusalem house. Was this the same house used for so many other events in the life of Jesus?

"Mary House Jerusalem"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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