1 As was the custom, shortly after
Yeshua passed his eighteenth birthday, he was married to Miriam
of Magdala, a virgin of the tribe of Judah, to whom he had been
engaged for two years, having met her during a visit to
Jerusalem for the Passover feast three years previous.
2 She came from a wealthy family of good report from the city
of Bethany, but due to one of her father’s interests as a
procurer of fish, they maintained a villa in Magdala, near Lake
Gennesaret just beyond the baths at Tiberias, where she spent
much of her life with her family. Yeshua had occasion to visit
her four times during their engagement, and she visited him, in
the company of her parents, on two occasions in Nazareth.
3 They were engaged in their hearts the very first day they saw
each other near the temple, and from the first moments, they
exhibited a great affection for one another that was not
customary among men and women.
4 In the beginning, her parents were not in favor of the
marriage, considering that Yeshua was only a poor carpenter from
the destitute town of Nazareth. Nevertheless, to appease the
anger of their eldest daughter, who was very headstrong, they
agreed to allow Yeshua to visit at their home and reluctantly
traveled to Nazareth with Miriam to visit Yeshua’s family.
5 When they visited Nazareth and heard with their ears his
teachings and saw with their eyes the reverence in which he was
held by his kinsfolk and friends, they understood that God was
with him, and thereafter, they approved of the marriage and
willingly betrothed their daughter to Yeshua, a man they knew
was called of God to a high and holy calling.
6 Now the marriage of Yeshua and Miriam occurred on the fourth
day of the week, in the town of Cana of Galilee, at the house of
Ethan, a brother of Yosef, who assumed the responsibilities of
the groom’s father.
7 Miriam’s extended family and many friends journeyed up from
Bethany and from Magdala and Tiberias, and Yeshua’s mother
Miryam as well as his brothers and sisters and many kinsfolk and
friends of childhood attended from Nazareth.
8 The families of Yeshua and Miriam were both well respected in
the region, and upon the evening, a large processional of
townsfolk and kinsfolk and friends of both families proceeded
through the town to escort the bride and groom to the marriage
ceremony with many candles and torches, accompanied with much
singing, dancing, and joy.
9 Miriam’s father and mother walked with her to the groom’s
tent, and exceeding was the joy, which shone from their faces.
10 And Miriam was covered from head to foot in a flowing veil,
woven by her, with golden threads, and she wore great amounts of
flowers in strings about her neck.
11 When Miriam was given to Yeshua and wed to him beneath the
canopy, he gave her a gold coin to represent his commitment to
her and said unto her, “Miriam, my heart sings and my spirit
rejoices, for you are my eternal companion with whom I will
12 And Miriam replied to Yeshua, looking steadfastly into his
eyes, “I will never leave you, my Lord. Your light will always
guide my paths. And with you I will create.”
13 As the sacrament was concluded, there was a rumble in the
heavens and the very Earth shook from its power, and many bowed
their heads or knelt to the ground in reverence or fear, but
Yeshua and Miriam remained standing, holding each other’s hands
and looking into each other’s eyes; and it would seem to be that
they were unaware of the commotion about them.
14 As the people rose to their feet, Yeshua and Miriam turned
to them, and Yeshua said unto them, “On Earth as in the heavens,
man is not without woman, nor woman without man in the light of
15 “And of this, I bear witness to my friends and family and
all the world that upon this day, we have fulfilled the desires
of Elohim and of our hearts; and upon that fulfillment have the
windows of Heaven been opened, for we now see the greater
blessings that await the man and woman united in love and in
16 Verily, with our eyes now open, we see the wonder before us;
so marvelous it is that we had not even imagined."