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Who accompanied Mary on her trip from Nazareth to a small village Ein Kerem outside Jerusalem where her cousin Elizabeth lived? It seems like such a long trip for a single woman who was expecting a child to travel alone.

The village is about two or three hours by car from Nazareth—approximately 120 miles. Of course, Mary had no car; travel was the shoe-leather kind. Mary and her family would have walked from Nazareth to Jerusalem and back at least once a year for Passover. It was a route that Mary would have known well. And possibly there were always those who were on the road back and forth on that route, so Mary could have traveled with them. Perhaps she traveled with her family, the Bible simply doesn't say (see Luke 1:39-42).

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