That she immediately sees that the angel is not in fact saying any such thing — that she understands that her coming marriage to Joseph will have nothing to do with the generation of this child, so that her state of virginity would seem to pose an insurmountable obstacle to the angel’s words — suggests that she had not foreseen for herself a life of conjugal marriage and childrearing.
In fact, it supports the ancient (at least 2nd century) tradition that Mary had taken a vow of virginity.
Not only was Mary not rebuked by the angel for lack of faith, as was Zechariah, but she was specifically pronounced blessed for her faith by Elizabeth under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.This is a cottage industry among biblical chronologists, but unfortunately the results are more evocative than conclusive because the data are subject to varied interpretations.What is known for sure is that the priests were divided into twenty-four courses, serving for one week at a time from Sabbath to Sabbath (2 Ch 23:8; 24:7-19; Josephus . In addition, there were three weeks of the year when all of the courses were on duty: Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles (Dt ).In theory, if one could pinpoint the day on which Zechariah and Elizabeth conceived John the Baptist, one could extrapolate an approximate date of Jesus’ birth.Elizabeth was “in her sixth month” of pregnancy when the angel Gabriel came to Mary.Jesus also referred to the 3-part division of Hebrew scripture in Luke , referring to the, Law of Moses.. This reference confirms the current division of Hebrew canon, which excludes the books known as the Apocrypha or Deuterocanonicals. In short, the Septuagint is the early Greek translation of the Old Testament dating to 250 B. The history behind a Greek translation dates back to the days of Alexander the Great.