The Perpetual Virginity of Mary in Extra-Biblical Literature
Protoevangelium of James
, c. 120 AD (Memories of Mary’s life
were still vivid in the minds of people.)
"And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by [St. Anne], saying, ‘Anne!
Anne! The Lord has heard your prayer, and you shall conceive and shall
bring forth, and your seed shall be spoken of in all the world.’ And Anne
said, ‘As the Lord my God lives, if I beget either male or female, I will
bring it as a gift to the Lord my God, and it shall minister to him in the
holy things all the days of its life.’ . . . And [from the time she was three]
Mary was in the temple of the Lord as if she were a dove that dwelt there"
"And when she was twelve years old there was held a council of priests,
saying, ‘Behold, Mary has reached the age of twelve years in the temple
of the Lord. What then shall we do with her, lest perchance she defile
the sanctuary of the Lord?’ And they said to the high priest, ‘You stand
by the altar of the Lord; go in and pray concerning her, and whatever
the Lord shall manifest to you, that also will we do.’ . . .