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About Mary Magdalene in the bible

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Who is Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene sometimes called Mary of Magdala, or just the Magdalene or the Madeleine, was a lady who, consistent with the four canonical gospels, traveled with Jesus together with his followers and was a witness to his crucifixion and its aftermath. She is mentioned by name twelve times in the canonical gospels, more than most of the apostles and more than the other woman within the Gospels, aside from Jesus’ family. Mary’s epithet Magdalene may mean that she came from the town of Magdala, a fishing town on the western shore of the ocean of Galilee. if you would like a more detailed account please see more in the book.

Mary Magdalene in the bible

The Gospel of Luke 8:2–3 lists Mary Magdalene together of the ladies who traveled with Jesus and helped support his ministry “out of their resources”, indicating that she was probably relatively wealthy. The same passage also states that seven demons had been driven out of her, a press release which is repeated within the longer ending of Mark. In all four canonical gospels, Mary Magdalene is a witness to the crucifixion of Jesus and, in the Synoptic Gospels, she is also present at his burial. All four gospels identify her, either alone or as a member of a larger group of women which includes Jesus’s mother, as the first to witness the empty tomb, and the first to witness Jesus’s resurrection.

Mary magdalene In Non-canonical

For these reasons, Mary Magdalene is understood in some Christian traditions because the “apostle to the apostles”. Mary Magdalene may be a central figure in later Gnostic Christian writings, including the Dialogue of the Savior, the Pistis Sophia, the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Philip, and the Gospel of Mary which many scholars attribute to Mary Magdalene . These texts portray Mary Magdalene as an apostle, as Jesus’s closest and most beloved disciple and therefore the just one who truly understood his teachings. In the Gnostic texts, or Gnostic gospels, Mary Magdalene’s closeness to Jesus leads to tension with another disciple, Peter, thanks to her gender and Peter’s jealousy of special teachings given to her. Scholars find claims Mary Magdalene was romantically involved with Jesus to be unsupported by evidence.

Is Mary Magdalene a Saint?

Mary Magdalene is considered to be a saint by the Catholic, and by the Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran churches.  Other Protestant churches honor her as a heroine of the faith. The Eastern Orthodox churches also commemorate her on the Sunday of the Myrrhbearers, the Orthodox equivalent of one of the Western Three Marys traditions. In 2016 Pope Francis raised the level of liturgical memory on July 22 from memorial to feast, and for her to be referred as the ‘Apostle of the apostles’.

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