The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleLuke 1:56
And Mary abode with her about three months…
she continued with Elisabeth, as the Syriac and Persic versions
express, about the space of three months; in which time, she had
full satisfaction of the truth of the sign the angel had given her;
namely, of Elisabeth's conception and pregnancy, for by this time
she was ready to give birth; and she must now be fully assured, that she
was with child herself: this space of three months is a term of time
fixed by the Jewish doctors, to know whether a woman is with child
or not, as in case of divorce or death: the rule runs thus F11;
``every woman that is divorced, or becomes a widow, lo! she
may not marry, nor be betrothed, until she waits, (Mwy)
(Myevt) , ninety days (i.e. three months), exclusive of the
day in which she is divorced, or her husband dies, and of
the day in which she is betrothed; that so it may be known
whether she is with child or not, in order to distinguish
between the seed of the former, and the seed of the second
And so in the case of marrying the wife of a brother, that died
without issue F12, and of newly married couples mistaking their
and returned to her own house;
at Nazareth, in Galilee; and now it
was, that Joseph, to whom she was betrothed, perceived she was with
child; and suspecting evil, had a mind to put her away privately; but
was informed by an angel of God, in a dream, of the whole matter; and
was advised and encouraged to take her to wife, which he accordingly
did; see (Matthew 1:18-20) .
F11 Maimon. Hilch. Gerushin, c. 11. sect. 18. Vid. T. Bab. Becorot,
fol. 47. 1.
F12 Misn. Yebamot, c. 4. sect. 10. T. Hieros, Yebamot, fol. 6. 1. T.
Bab. ib. fol. 34. 2. & 35. 1. Maimon. Hilch. Yebum, c. 1. sect 19. T.
Bab. Erubin, fol. 47. 1.
F13 Misn. Yebamot, c. 3. sect. 10.
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