According to the New Testament, Mary was the mother of Jesus, who at the time of his conception was the betrothed wife of Joseph (cf. Matt 1:18-20). Mary, being a virgin, knew from the angel Gabriel, a divine messenger sent by God, that she would conceive Jesus, the Son of the living God, by a miracle of the Holy Spirit (cf. Luke 1:26-38). Mary was also a relative to Elizabeth who bore a son, John the Baptist (Luke 1.36).