In my last thread on the queenship of Mary, I left off with the point that Mary was Gebirah by virtue of being the mother of Christ and mother of the Church. Gebirah in Hebrew means “mistress” or “Grand Lady.” Strictly speaking, it does not mean “Queen Mother.” For example, 1 Kings 11:19, Taphanes is reffered to as “gebirah,” but she is the Pharoah’s principal wife, not his mother. Gebirah was used to refer to the highest ranking royal woman of the kingdom. In the case of Judah, that woman would be the King’s mother.
Gebirah is feminine form of “gevir,” which in Biblical Hebrew meant lord, master, commander, or governor. Genesis 27:29 (KJV) uses “gevir” as follows:
“Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord (gevir) over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee…”
Gevir is also used in this way in Genesis 27:37. A gevir, therefore, was one who held a position of authority and respect.
This helps give a linguistic context to “Gebirah.”
In the Kingdom of Judah, which prefigures the Kingdom of Christ, the Gebirah was not merely an honorary title, but an office that included the right to use a crown, to sit on a throne located on the right hand side of the King, and to have direct access to the King (Jeremiah 13:18, 1 Kings 2:19). Starting with King Rehoboam (1 Kings 14:21), the Books of Kings consistently include the Gebirah in the lists of the kings of Judah. The formula “and his mother name was” was NOT intended to identify the mother of the king, but to identify the name of the person who HELD THE OFFICE of Gebirah during the king’s reign. For example, 1 Kings never lists Asa’s mother. Instead, the inspired author only mentions his grandmother. Why? His grandmother Maacah was the one who held the position of Gebirah during Asa’s reign. Apparently, Asa’s mother had died. Therefore, the intent of the inspired author of the Books of King is to list the Gebirah, not the biological mother of the King. However, the mother of the King was normally the Gebirah,exept in the case of Maacah who, by the way, was deprived of her office of Gebirah by Asa because of her idolatry (1 Kings 15:13).
The fact that the gebirah is the only person listed with the Kings of Judah points to the importance and authority of this office. Moreover, the importance and authority of this office is further demonstrated by the fact that God, through the prohpet Jeremiah, directs His words to the king AND the gebirah (Jeremiah 13:18, 22:26).
As mother of Christ and His Church ( a community that partakes of Christ’s royal dignity), Mary is the Gebirah of Christ’s kingdom. Some Protestants suggest that since Christ’s emphasizes spiritual relationships over physical ones - such as when he states that his mother and his brothers are those who do the will of God - basing Mary’s Queenship on her maternity does not hold water and undermines the concept of Gebirah. However, as one who always did the will of God, Mary’s maternity not only has a physical dimension, but a “spiritual” one as well. She is both physical and “spiritual” mother of Christ. Moreover, Christ proclaimed her mother of the Christian people at the most crucial event of salvation history, the Crucifixion (John 19:25). In addition, she was the first individual recorded in the Bible to which Jesus takes the initiative to speak to from the Cross. In all the other instances in which he speaks, it is either a response (as in the case of the ‘good’ thief), a prayer, or a statement that is not directed to a specific individual. All of this points to Mary’s preeminent position and strongly hints at her role as Gebirah.
I apologize fro making this so long. :o I hope it contributes to a better understanding of Mary’s queenship. Please feel free to comment.