Pege is presented as the new Juno, and mother of Christ by the "Persian" account recorded by J. Africanus.
You have well said, She has an artificer [in espousal]; but by that espousal she does not bear an artificer on an equality with herself. For this artificer who is born, the son of the chief artificer, framed by his excellent skill the roof of the third heavens, and established by his word this lower world, with its threefold sphere of habitation.
And when these things were said, the roof was opened, and a bright star descended and stood above the pillar of Pege, and a voice was heard to this effect: Sovereign Pege, the mighty Son has sent me to make the announcement to you, and at the same time to do you service in parturition, designing blameless nuptials with you, O mother of the chief of all ranks of being, bride of the triune Deity. And the child begotten by extraordinary generation is called the Beginning and the End,—the beginning of salvation, and the end of perdition.
Interesting, the unapologetic integration of trinitarian language into the oriental pagan/mysticism.
And when this word was spoken, all the statues fell upon their faces, that of Pege alone standing, on which also a royal diadem was found placed, having on its upper side a star set in a carbuncle and an emerald. And on its lower side the star rested.
And the king forthwith gave orders to bring in all the interpreters of prodigies, and the sages who were under his dominion. And when all the heralds sped with their proclamations, all these assembled in the temple. And when they saw the star above Pege, and the diadem with the star and the stone, and the statues lying on the floor, they said: O king, a root (offspring) divine and princely has risen, bearing the image of the King of heaven and earth. For Pege-Myria is the daughter of the Bethlehemite Pege. And the diadem is the mark of a king, and the star is a celestial announcement of portents to fall on the earth. Out of Judah has arisen a kingdom which shall subvert all the memorials of the Jews. And the prostration of the gods upon the floor prefigured the end of their honour. For he who comes, being of more ancient dignity, shall displace all the recent. Now therefore, O king, send to Jerusalem. For you will find the Christ of the Omnipotent God borne in bodily form in the bodily arms of a woman. And the star remained above the statue of Pege, called the Celestial, until the wise men came forth, and then it went with them.
The trinitarians are having Christ displace both the Syrian and Jewish systems. That's perfectly understandable. What's interesting is the acknowledgment of these systems as being semi-legitimate competitors, which aren't necessarily in error, but which are replaced by Christ. Just as the Law is replaced by Christ, rather than being illegitimate, the oriental gods fall prostrate before Christ. This is all very revealing.
To Myria is given the blessed lot of bearing Pege in Bethlehem, and of conceiving grace of grace. Judaea has seen its bloom, and this country is fading. To Gentiles and aliens, salvation is come; to the wretched, relief is ministered abundantly. With right do women dance, and say, Lady Pege, Spring-bearer, thou mother of the heavenly constellation.
Pege is the mother of Pege-Myria. Myria is the mother of Pege.
Okay, I know what this is. The "Church of the Nativity" in Bethlehem is a cave which was a cultic site for Adonis. Compare to Byblos's river and Anobret.
This Pege/Myria of Bethlehem is Anobret of Bethlehem. "Spring-bearer".
Her name, moreover, is Myria; for she bears in her womb, as in the deep, a vessel of a myriad talents' burden. And as to this title Pege, let it be understood thus: This stream of water sends forth the perennial stream of spirit,—a stream containing but a single fish, taken with the hook of Divinity, and sustaining the whole world with its flesh as though it were in the sea.
Compare to Atargatis and Icthys, the sacred ponds at Ashkelon and Edessa. Zebedee the "fisherman".
It seems that Christianity was perceived even by early trinitarians as the culmination of these same Adonis cults. Unfortunately, I can't find much historical content here. Sure, if Mariamne's mother was a Davidic princess from Bethlehem, this could add to her popular allure and connect her to the Anobret? cult in Bethlehem. Unfortunately, the mythical mother of Bethlehem is more than enough to explain the town's presence in the gospel narrative, no historical basis required.