Chapter 3: The Annunciation of the Conception of Mary
ll. 1–4: The story of salvation begins with the conception of Mary.
ll. 5–32: In the parable a man is struck by robbers and left half dead, and neither a priest nor a Levite can help. Similarly, not the Old Covenant but only Christ could revive mankind that had been struck down by the Fall.
ll. 35–38: Christ decided to send His mother before him, and sent an Angel to announce her conception.
Image 3a: Annunciation to Joachim
ll. 39–56: King Astyages had a vision of a vine growing out of his daughter’s womb, foretelling that she would give birth to a great king, Cyrus, who would deliver the Jews from Babylon. Similarly, Joachim’s daughter would deliver man from the captivity of the devil.
Image 3b: Vision of Astyages
ll. 57–64: Praise of the Virgin Mary and the Trinity.
ll. 65–74: Solomon prophesied of a sealed fountain in the enclosed garden. Mary was sealed by the Trinity in Anne’s womb and became the true garden of delights and the well of the thirsty.
Image 3c: Sealed fountain in the Hortus Conclusus (Cant. 4:12)
ll. 75–96: Balaam prophesied the star coming out of Juda, this is Mary, the guiding star who shows all men the way to God and turns our curses into prayers, as happened to Balaam.
ll. 97–98: One of the persons saved by this star was Theophilus.
Image 3d: Bileam’s ass and the angel (Num. 22:22–30)