[quote=maesoph]There are two old testament “types” of Mary that also support the “she” interpretation. These are two old Testament women who defeated the enemies of Isreal…
Judges 5:24-26 24 "Most blessed of women be Ja’el, the wife of Heber the Ken’ite, of tent-dwelling women most blessed. 25 He asked water and she gave him milk, she brought him curds in a lordly bowl. 26 She put her hand to the tent peg and her right hand to the workmen’s mallet; she struck Sis’era a blow, she crushed his head, she shattered and pierced his temple.
The “crushed his head” links this verse back to Genesis… and potentially the “women most blessed” could like this verse forward to Luke and the visitation. Interesting to say the least…
I am sorry, but I cannot find the other reference, but there is another old testament “type” of Mary that fits the description of a woman “crushing” an enemy of Isreal… I thought it was Judith, but apparently not. I’ll have to listen to my Tim Staples tapes again. I wish that guy would quit making tape sets - I can’t stop buying the things!!!
The book of Judith brings up another one. Like Jael, Judith lived during turbulent times in Israel’s threat to God’s people. Judith was a woman of renowned piety and astounding beauty. In her hometown of Bethulia, Holofernes brought an army to bear and threatened the inhabitants of Bethulia by cutting off their water supply. Judith went to Holofernes’ camp and presented herself as a defector and an informant. Holofernes soon became smitten with the woman. One night after a feast, Holofernes brought Judith to his tent. He had drunk too much wine, and soon passed out. Judith took his sword, cut off his head, snuck out the tent, and brought his head to her beleaguered city’s army. This triggered an astonishing victory of the invading army and everyone praised Judith for her role in this smashing defeat of their enemies. The episode climaxed with the city magistrate Uzziah exclaiming to Judith, "O daughter, you are blessed by the Most High God above all women on earth" (Jud. 13:18).
What is the common thread between these two women of the Old Testament (other than the term “blessed among women”)? Both women were chosen to strike down the leader of the enemy forces with a lethal blow to the head. So how does this pre-figure Mary? Go back to the first prophecy of the Old Testament in the Garden of Eden. “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel” (Gen. 3:15). With this promise, God announced far in advance of its fulfillment that the devil’s triumph in the Garden of Eden would eventually end in defeat, with his head being crushed or bruised under the trampling blows of the Messiah and His mother. Thus while Mary’s blessedness was pre-figured in the lives of Israel’s valiant women, the comparisons worked out to her advantage - for both the enemy fought (Satan) and the victory won (over sin) would be immeasurably greater.
I hope this helps.