Age of Virgin Mary?

How old do Catholic scholars/theologians/historians believe Mary was when she gave birth to Jesus?

We do not know exactly how old Mary was when she gave birth to Jesus. The *Catholic Encyclopedia * states, “From the age at which Hebrew maidens became marriageable, it is possible that Mary gave birth to her Son when she was about thirteen or fourteen years of age. No historical document tells us how old she actually was at the time of the Nativity.”

Also, “Jewish maidens were considered marriageable at the age of twelve years and six months, though the actual age of the bride varied with circumstances. The marriage was preceded by the betrothal, after which the bride legally belonged to the bridegroom, though she did not live with him till about a year later, when the marriage used to be celebrated.”

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] “The Blessed Virgin Mary*”[/LIST]

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