The lady as a person

Another interpretation holds that the letter is addressed to a specific individual.  “κυρίᾳ”, the Greek word used here literally means lady as opposed to the masculine kyrie.  Kyria could actually be a name.  It is also possible that this refers to an individual but simply does not use her name.  Another theory is that this letter refers to Mary, the mother of Jesus.  Jesus had entrusted his “beloved disciple” with Mary’s life when he was on the cross, John, chapter 19:26–27.  The children would then refer to the brothers of Jesus.  Mary was likewise never referred to by name in John.  Such an interpretation would assume a much earlier date of composition than modern scholars have suggested.  Do you use the term “lady” to refer to an individual person?

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