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This website says that the last home of Mary, the mother of Jesus, was in Ephesus, Turkey.

Where did this idea originate?

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MARY'S LAST EARTHLY HOME? |Kim A. Lawton helps? –  FMS Jul 26 at 1:12
    
@FMShyanguya No, that's just a rehash of various theories. –  Steve Jul 26 at 1:38
    
The apostle John's tomb is supposed to be in Ephesus. This tradition dates to the 6th century. As John was to care for Mary, it would make sense that she lived there. –  mojo Jul 27 at 7:08
    
@mojo There is a lot of junk theology floating around. Thanks for giving me a foundation for believing this. –  Steve Jul 27 at 13:22
    
The problem is that John was also on the isle of Patmos. How does that square with the idea that he kept care of Mary? –  Steve Jul 27 at 14:25

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Here is a Wikipedia article (poor resource sometimes, I know) that details the origin of the story that Mary lived in Ephesus (or nearby).

It appears to start with a nun in Germany named Anne Catherine Emmerich, who was bedridden and reported a series of visions that detailed "the last days of the life of Jesus, and details of the life of Mary, his mother." She had a visitor, who was an author named Clemens Brentano, who transcribed her visions and later after her death published a book about them. In one of his accounts was a description of a house that John built for Mary in Ephesus, which provided details of the area:

"Mary did not live in Ephesus itself, but in the country near it. ... Mary's dwelling was on a hill to the left of the road from Jerusalem, some three and half hours from Ephesus. This hill slopes steeply towards Ephesus; the city, as one approaches it from the south east seems to lie on rising ground.... Narrow paths lead southwards to a hill near the top of which is an uneven plateau, some half hour's journey."

In 1881 a French priest, the Abbé Julien Gouyet, found the house by using the notes in Brentano's transcripts. The rest, as cheesy as it may sound, is history.

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The origin was a vision. Right. –  Steve Jul 26 at 3:14
    
@Steve yes. It originated over 100 years ago when a sick nun had visions while she was bedridden, and an author wrote them down allowing another guy some time later to follow the notes and find it. Not the most convincing story in the world, is it? –  Jesse Jul 26 at 3:24
    
Very interesting question and good answer though. Thank you. –  gideon marx Jul 26 at 17:34
    
In the link I provided in the comments to the question, the tradition existed that Mary was in Ephesus with John. That tradition was bolstered with the visions of Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich. I am trying to locate a source that the locals there (Muslims included) have always held that tradition. –  FMS Jul 26 at 18:54
    
@Jesse But John was exiled to the isle of Patmos. That biblical truth in Rev. 1:9. So how do we know what happened to Mary at that point? Surely she did not go to the island with him? Is there a trail that lead from Patmos to Ephesus? –  Steve Jul 27 at 14:24

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