Was Mary Magdalene Wife of Jesus? Was Mary Magdalene a Prostitute?

How did her reputation evolve “From Saint to Sinner?”

Read Birger A. Pearson’s article “From Saint to Sinner” as it originally appeared in Bible Review, Spring 2005. The article was first republished in Bible History Daily in 2011.—Ed.

Mary Magdalene

Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute? Was Mary Magdalene wife of Jesus? Her being a repentant whore was not part of the biblical text. Photo: Private Collection / Bridgeman Art Library / Courtesy of IAP Fine Art

When novelists and screenwriters try to insert something salacious into the life of Jesus, they focus on one woman: Mary from Magdala. Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute? Was Mary Magdalene the wife of Jesus? Birger A. Pearson addresses these popular notions in the article “From Saint to Sinner” below.

As Pearson notes, there’s no substantial evidence to either of these theories. As for her being named in the New Testament, none of the Gospels hints of her as being Mary Magdalene, wife of Jesus. Three Gospels name her only as a witness of his crucifixion and/or burial. All four Gospels place her at the scene of Jesus’ resurrection (though Luke does not list her as a witness). Only in the Gospel according to Luke is there even the slightest implication that she might have had a past life that could raise eyebrows and the question: Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute? Luke 8 names her among other female followers and financial supporters and says that she had been released from the power of seven demons.

Theologians in later centuries consciously tried to downplay her role as an influential follower of Jesus. She became identified with the “sinful woman” in Luke 7 whom Jesus forgives as she anoints his feet, as well as the woman “taken in adultery” whom Jesus saved from stoning. In the sixth century Pope Gregory preached of her being a model penitent.

Only the Western church has said that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute. The Eastern church has always honored her as an apostle, noting her as the “apostle to the apostles,” based on the account of the Gospel of John which has Jesus calling her by name and telling her to give the news of his resurrection to the other disciples.

As Birger A. Pearson sets forth in “From Saint to Sinner” below, a noncanonical Gospel of Mary enhances her role to a greater proportion. Her ongoing role in the early church is subject to speculation, but she is indeed getting more respect in theological circles, not for being Mary Magdalene wife of Jesus nor for being Mary Magdalene a prostitute but for being a faithful follower of her Rabboni—her teacher.

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From Saint to Sinner

by Birger A. Pearson

Dan Brown, William Phipps, Martin Scorsese—when looking for a lover or wife for Jesus, they all chose Mary Magdalene. It’s not surprising. Mary Magdalene has long been recognized as one of the New Testament’s more alluring women. Most people think of her as a prostitute who repented after encountering Jesus. In contemporary British artist Chris Gollon’s painting of The Pre-penitent Magdalene (at right), Mary appears as a defiant femme fatal adorned with jewelry and make-up.

Yet, the New Testament says no such thing. Rather, in three of the four canonical Gospels, Mary Magdalene is mentioned by name only in connection with the death and resurrection of Jesus. She is a witness to his crucifixion (Matthew 27:55–56; Mark 15:40–41; John 19:25) and burial (Matthew 27:61; Mark 15:47).1 She is one of the first (the first, according to John) to arrive at the empty tomb (Matthew 28:1–8; Mark 16:1–8; Luke 24:1–12; John 20:1–10). And she is one of the first (again, the first, according to John) to witness the risen Christ (Matthew 28:9; John 20:14–18).

Only the Gospel of Luke names Mary Magdalene in connection with Jesus’ daily life and public ministry. There, Mary is listed as someone who followed Jesus as he went from village to village, bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. “And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means” (Luke 8:1–3).

To learn more about Biblical women with slighted traditions, take a look at the Bible History Daily feature Scandalous Women in the Bible, which includes articles on Jezebel and Lilith.

The epithet “Magdalene,” used in all the Gospels, indicates that Mary came from the mercantile town of Migdal (Taricheae) on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee.2 She must have been a woman of some means, if Luke’s account can be trusted, for she helped provide Jesus and the twelve with material support. She had also experienced Jesus’ healing power, presumably involving an exorcism of some sort.3 It should be noted, though, that the author of the Gospel of Luke has a tendency to diminish Mary Magdalene’s role, in comparison with her treatment in the other three canonical Gospels. For example, Luke is alone among the canonical Gospels in claiming that the risen Lord appeared exclusively to Peter (Luke 24:34; cf. 1 Corinthians 15:5). No appearance to Mary is recorded in Luke.4 Accordingly, his reference to seven demons may be tendentious.5

So how did Mary become a repentant whore in Christian legend?

Critical scholarship has provided the answer to this question: It happened as a conscious attempt on the part of later interpreters of the Gospels to diminish her.a They did this by identifying her with other women mentioned in the Gospels, most notably the unnamed sinful woman who anoints Jesus’ feet with ointment and whose sins he forgives (Luke 7:36–50) and the unnamed woman taken in adultery (John 7:53–8:11).6 This conflation of texts was given sanction in the sixth century by Pope Gregory the Great (540–604) in a famous homily in which he holds Mary up as a model of penitence. Pope Gregory positively identified the unnamed anointer and adulteress as Mary, and suggested that the ointment used on Jesus’ feet was once used to scent Mary’s body. The seven demons Jesus cast out of Mary were, according to Gregory, the seven cardinal sins, which include lust. But, wrote Gregory, when Mary threw herself at Jesus’ feet, “she turned the mass of her crimes to virtues, in order to serve God entirely in penance.”7

Thus was invented the original hooker with a heart of gold.

Interestingly, the legend of Mary the penitent whore is found only in the Western church; in the Eastern church she is honored for what she was, a witness to the resurrection. Another Gregory, Gregory of Antioch (also sixth century), in one of his homilies, has Jesus say to the women at the tomb: “Proclaim to my disciples the mysteries which you have seen. Become the first teacher of the teachers. Peter, who has denied me, must learn that I can also choose women as apostles.”8

Mary’s historical role as an apostle is clearly tied to her experience of an appearance of the risen Christ. As noted above, in the Gospel of John, Mary Magdalene goes alone to the tomb, where she is the first to see the risen Jesus. He tells her to tell his “brethren” that he is ascending to God the Father. She then goes to the disciples and tells them what she has seen and heard (John 20:1, 11–19).9 Later that same day Jesus appears to the disciples gathered behind closed doors. He thus confirms in person the message Mary had given them. In contrast to Luke’s picture of Mary, in John she emerges as an “apostle to the apostles.”10

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The positive role played by Mary Magdalene in the Gospel of John was considerably enhanced in Christian circles that honored her memory. The Gospel of Mary, quoted in the accompanying article, is the product of one such early Christian community. In her recent book The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene, Jane Schaberg presents the following nine-point “profile” of Mary:

(1) Mary is prominent among the followers of Jesus; (2) she exists as a character, as a memory, in a textual world of androcentric language and patriarchal ideology; (3) she speaks boldly; (4) she plays a leadership role vis-à-vis the male disciples; (5) she is a visionary; (6) she is praised for her superior understanding; (7) she is identified as the intimate companion of Jesus; (8) she is opposed by or in open conflict with one or more of the male disciples; (9) she is defended by Jesus.11

All nine characteristics are prominent in the Gospel of Mary, although many of these nine points are found in other noncanonical texts.

But does this portrait of Mary Magdalene as an early Church leader reflect historical reality? Perhaps. One scholar has suggested that Mary may even be mentioned along with a few other female leaders whom Paul sends greetings to in Romans 16:6, where he writes: “Greet Mary, who has worked very hard among you.”12 But this must remain speculative. It is true that we have no reason to suspect Mary was a prostitute or lover or wife of Jesus. But it is also true that if she was an apostle to the apostles, the evidence for her role has successfully been suppressed—at least until now. As a result of the recent work of a number of scholars, Mary Magdalene’s apostolic role in early Christianity is getting a new hearing.

That, in my view, is more important than viewing her as Jesus’ wife.

“From Saint to Sinner” by Birger A. Pearson originally appeared in the Spring 2005 issue of Bible Review. The article was first republished in Bible History Daily in October 2011.

birger-pearsonBirger A. Pearson is professor emeritus of religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is one of the world’s leading experts on the Coptic gospels and has written hundreds of articles and books on Gnosticism and the Nag Hammadi codices. Since 1968, he has been involved in Claremont University’s Coptic Gnostic Library project.



a See Jane Schaberg, “How Mary Magdalene Became a Whore,” Bible Review, October 1992.

1 Luke 23:55 refers to “the women who had come with him from Galilee” without naming any of them.

2 On that town, see esp. Jane Schaberg, The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene: Legends, Apocrypha, and the Christian Testament (New York: Continuum, 2002), pp. 47–64.

3 Reference to seven demons may mean that she was totally possessed. On the seven demons see Esther de Boer, Mary Magdalene: Beyond the Myth (Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 1997), pp. 48–55.

4 See esp. Ann Graham Brock, Mary Magdalene, the First Apostle: The Struggle for Authority (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2003), pp. 19–40.

5 In a secondary ending to the Gospel of Mark, it is said that Jesus “appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons” (Mark 16:9). The secondary ending is probably dependent upon the Gospel of Luke. As the best manuscripts attest, the earliest versions of Mark end at 16:8.

6 Mel Gibson makes that identification in his movie, The Passion of the Christ. On the tendentious conflation of traditions, see esp. Schaberg, Resurrection of Mary Magdalene, pp. 65–77, 82.

7 Quoted in Schaberg, Resurrection of Mary Magdalene, p. 82.

8 Quoted in de Boer, Mary Magdalene, p. 12.

9 Vv. 2–10 are probably a later interpolation into a more original account and interrupt the flow of the narrative.

10 On this term see Brock, Mary Magdalene, the First Apostle, p. 1. Brock’s book is a valuable discussion of the apostolate in early Christianity and Mary’s role in it.

11 Schaberg, Resurrection of Mary Magdalene, p. 129.

12 de Boer, Mary Magdalene, pp. 59–60.


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  1. Cahyana says

    Mary Magdalene in the mind of Indonesian Christians at large, especially in terms of generic honor according to Indo-Malaysian (Old Malay) language connotation to her specific role as noted in the Bible, has a good reputation. She was worthy-woman, as in Old-Malay said (specifically called with “per-empu-an where “empu”=mastering something), because the Bible says so. It is simple but it has certainly expressed a genuine faith

  2. John says

    ‘Scholars’ and others who have connected other women mentioned in the gospel’s to Mary of Magdala seemed to have overlooked a principle of Christianity, i.e., to bear all things. This instruction for agape in Paul’s definition means, in layman language, to not say damaging things about anyone – whether true ot not. To connect Mary to these other women is to overlook this instruction.
    One might then ask about Rahab the Harlot from Jericho. Rehab was venerated in Hebrews 11 as one of faith. Her faith overoad any disparage on her character.

  3. Eldad says

    A good reading. Yet one must ask: what was the reason that Mary Magdalene attended the burial in the first place? Who was entitled to attend any Jewish burial back then?
    Was she his wife? I’m not sure. But if she was his son’s mother, she could well attend the burial.

  4. David says

    Studying cultural norms and the biblical concepts of sin in the first century and I have been reminded of it’s overarching stress on purity, on the laws defining sin keeping the people of Israel separate from the law of the Roman Empire and other cultural influences of the world.

    Furthering my study , in the RSV the word homosexuality taken the Septuagint’s translation in the Book of Romans is “unnatural desire”. This phrase carried through in my recent reading of Gospel of Mary. I am struck by her rebuttal to arguments for her expulsion from the community of apostles. The claim against her is ultimately a claim of “unnatural desire”. It appears the claim against her is that she claimed to be the equal of a man. Today we view “unnatural desire” culturally referring to pedophilia, homosexuality. How culturally we have been driven by the fears, the sins of others. And how confused we have shown to be in the light of good scholarship.

    An excellent article and bibliography.

  5. Rob says

    Rob asks: An Englishman named Laurence Gardner maxxed out Mary, and also presents lineage for Charlemagne from JC and the Caesar family by way of Marc Anthony. Popular in Europe; any truth to this?

  6. JOSEPH says

    Excellent article. The headline teaser had me worried.

    She was a great woman, if Jesus appeared to her first.

    She was NOT the one who anointed Jesus’ feet – that was Mary of Bethany, sister of Martha and Lazarus. I do not understand why so many people assume Mary Magdelene was the one.

  7. Gary says

    Mary — Usual English form of Maria, which was the Latin form of the New Testament Greek names Μαριαμ (Mariam) and Μαρια (Maria) – the spellings are interchangeable – which were from the Hebrew name מִרְיָם (Miryam). The meaning is not known for certain, but there are several theories including “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness”, and “wished for child”. However it was most likely originally an Egyptian name, perhaps derived in part from mry “beloved” or mr “love”.

  8. Môlsem says

    I wonder sometimes if the Western interpretations of Mary Magdelene were simply male-dominant society, if not misogynist society, simply could not tolerate the notion of a female apostle, or even if Jesus chose to conceal her role and importance to avoid colliding with then Jewish misogyny.

  9. KL says

    If a person questions over the Holiness of Jesus Christ will never receive the charming answer from any man who has the fear of God. Then questioner will have to read Holy & True Bible prayerfully.

  10. esther says

    Was Mary Magdalene Wife of Jesus? Was Mary Magdalene a Prostitute?

  11. Akere says

    Why did they say Mary magdalin was the wife i never had or seen such please tell i like to know

  12. Regina says

    Mary Magdalene has always been a woman of speculation. I think we see her as a repentent prostitute because, if Mary, a woman of sexual sin can be saved, then why can’t we?

  13. Ann Beverly says

    it is pretty easy to discuss Jesus in scholarly terms…or even in a secular note…however, for those who experienced Him, he becomes too big for dissection…thank you, all of you who do study and defend His holiness and character…

  14. tapani says

    Mary Magdalene is one of the head persons in essealism. There bad spirits were driven off by a comissio of leaders. I am not expert but I have read one book wich surveys status of women at the time of early christianity.

  15. Rob says

    Charlemagne’s descent from Christ was focused upon in a recent European best seller, with lineage charts at the back. For some reason the author misdirected the reader to focus upon the Merovingian dynasty (dull bunch) over the really meaningful Carolingian chart. As a boy I always wondered why Europeans placed so much faith and interest in Charlemagne, even to the point of recently completing a canal from headwaters of the Rhine to the Danube, as “the boss” had desired much earlier. Circles in Europe must have ignored the portrayed ascetic life of Christ as simple church propaganda for the unenlightened. Therefore, why not Mary Magdalene as a bride?

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  17. oyedele adesina says

    wich time jesus get married

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  19. Maria says

    “2 and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons have gone out” Luke 8:2

    SEVEN DEMONS were in her she must have had gone through hell. For a person to have 7 Demons in the body, may some of her accusers have their turn, to see how they can live with 7 demons in their bodies. The Lord Jesus Christ healed her, and why cannot women or men or children follow the Son of God knowing He performed too many miracles and He came to save us?

    If I were back then, I too would follow the Lord. I would sleep at the entrance of the tomb instead of returning home. When a person like myself have no family or relative, Lord Jesus is the only ONE I look up to Him as my patents. Mary Magdalene was no exceptional. Mary Magdelene looked up to the Lord as her parents, master, savior and her God, just like how I would do if I were there. Can the people who fear God follow the Lord like Mary Magdalene did? Just because she was a woman, she cannot follow the Lord everywhere is ridiculous. Can a gay man or gay woman follow the Lord everywhere because they believe Him as the CHRIST? Or some of these haters will again accuse the Lord that He was gay lover?? The fact the BIBLE mentioned nothing that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute. And DO NOT confuse Mary Magdalene with the sister of Lazarus named Mary who annointed the Lord’s feet. God has never made mistakes nor He lied, and the Bible is the words of God, so be aware of Satan.

    “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

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  21. Kurt says

    Why did the resurrected Jesus invite Thomas to touch him yet stop Mary Magdalene from doing so earlier?
    Some older translations of the Bible give the impression that Jesus told Mary Magdalene not to touch him. For instance, the King James Version renders Jesus’ words: “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father.” (John 20:17) However, the original Greek verb, which is usually translated “touch,” means also “to cling to, hang on by, lay hold of, grasp, handle.” Reasonably, Jesus was not objecting to Mary Magdalene’s merely touching him, since he allowed other women who were at the grave to ‘catch him by his feet.’—Matthew 28:9.
    Many modern-language translations, such as the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, The New Jerusalem Bible, and The New English Bible, help us to understand the real meaning of Jesus’ words by rendering them: “Stop clinging to me.” Why would Jesus say that to Mary Magdalene, who was a close associate?—Luke 8:1-3.
    Evidently, Mary Magdalene feared that Jesus was about to leave and ascend into heaven. Moved by her strong desire to be with her Lord, she was holding fast to Jesus, not letting him go. To assure her that he was not yet leaving, Jesus instructed Mary to stop clinging to him but instead to go and declare to his disciples the news of his resurrection.—John 20:17.

  22. jakob says

    The location of the tomb of Mary Magdalene is given to us in the form of prophecies by the two witnesses. It is the finding of her that precipitates the rise of the anti-Christ in Rev. 13.

    I’m looking for someone that is interested in finding Mary Magdalene. Read thegoodguise@wordpress.com and if interested write to me on the blog.


  23. MAC says

    All Scripture is God breathed.We can have several interpretations but Scripture is accurate in what it says.Please dear Sirs, do not lean on your own understanding based on worldly imaginations.

  24. andre says

    And bye the way …. marry Magdalene was a prostitute who was forgiven for her sins do to fact jesus told her to go out there and sin no more meaning repent from ur old ways and never go back to them …so she did do so….however jesus was married to Israel who Israel was whoremonger and refuse to repent from there sins keep in mind god the father christ the son divorced Israel for there none repentance of way of living yet he still loves them…and will give grace and mercy toward them if they repeant. .however christ got remarried to the church and till today he remains married to the church so please dont ever say christ was married to merry that is ur fact not gods fact .

  25. KUTHUBUDEEN says

    Oh Jesus ! Why all these researches? Well planed to devide Christian believers. Mary Magdalene is a woman like prophet MOHOMAD’S wife KADEEJA to Jesus.

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  28. Waymon says

    Did Mary marry a man named Joseph after Jesus died?

  29. Harriet says

    A close reading of the words left for us via the New Test. make it clear that Mary Magdalene was not the same woman who had been a prostitute. Mary was a very common name in the days of Jesus, and there was his Mother Mary, there was Mary Mag. and there was the Mary who had been a prostitue. It would be good to think that Jesus had such influence that the prostitute turned into a saint who was called an apostle. If Jesus married Mary Mag as some assert, it’s not shown in the Bible. It’s true that most Jewish men would have been married to someone by the age of 30. That’s still true today of Jewish males. Unlike what Paul said about staying unmarried as the best course, in the Jewish culture it’s expected that males will marry and that they will have children to continue the race. But about Jesus, we just don’t know because we weren’t told. There are other “books” that indicate that Jesus and Mary might have been husband and wife, but these books weren’t approved as part of the canon when “biblical experts” determined what books were really authentic and which ones were just stories that weren’t good account of the days when Jesus walked on earth. The Bible makes it clear in many of the parables that people who have led lives of sin but determine to change

    their ways are “newly pure.” Of course we all sin, we all fall short, and we expect forgiveness if we follow the Ten Commandments and especially Jesus’s emphasis to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves.

  30. Nils says

    “Thus was invented the original hooker with a heart of gold.”

    One could argue that this trope begins with Rahab, who really was a hooker who put everything on the line to help out the Israelite spies she was hiding in her house in Jericho. It could be that a second “Rahab” narrative was read onto Mary in the later tradition.

  31. Erin says

    The Council of Nicea eliminated a lot of gospels when they decided what would suit them to be put in the final bible. The gospels they chose were those which were most compatible with the canons of the Catholic church, which was the most influential and powerful at the time. The bible is a very political document, compiled by men, approved by men who specifically knew what they wanted it to contain. The bible should not be taken as the final word now that we know of the Gnostic gospels and their suppression.

  32. Irene says

    Mary Magdalene there’s to Mary Magdalene the wife of Jesus Christ Mary Magdalene came from a line of royalty and there was a Mary Magdalene tothat yes was a prostitute but there’s 2 different Mary Magdalene the wife of Jesus Christ was not a prostitute

  33. Lana says

    Interesting article! I love discussions about Mary Magdalene because there is always so much misinformation that needs to be corrected. Pope Gregory first promoted the idea of Mary as prostitute and as Pope his conclusions had tremendous influence on religious teachers for centuries. Thus, most Christians today continue to wrongfully convict her. So far as Mary being his wife, well my studies have led me to believe they had a close relationship but I do not believe she was his wife. Jesus gave up earthly entanglement in favor of total allegiance to God. That, he understood was necessary to maintain full focus upon his mission. However, that does not preclude him from holding Mary in the highest regard. Possibly one reason the memory of Mary continued to be revered and written of within Christian communities two to four centuries later is because of the stories passed down of her importance to Jesus. Unlike some, I do believe love, deep love, can be platonic especially if two people wish to honor the other.

  34. JaneMacB. says

    Mary Magdalene was married to Jesus. They knew each other as children for when Mary was very young her mother died. Mary’s father and mother asked Our Lady Mary if she and Joseph would take care of here. As a very young girl she was always attracted to Mary and would even before she could walk crawled over to Mary and she too loved the child.
    After Magdalene’s mother died Jesus took her hand and cared for her.
    Later as Jesus grew up he had no need for girls.
    Jesus did love her and yes they married.
    This was dictated to me from Mary herself in a book I am writing. Not writing really, Listening.
    Four book will follow. These have been requested by God when I wrote a letter because I was laid off and frightened. I would never say such things unless I was told.


    The book you have in your hands was planned during the time of Christ. They knew that a time would come in the future, when most people’s minds would be more open to these stories. The purpose of this book is for all people to finally know these truths. There were no longer book burnings nor did the church arrest people for telling the truth. These truths should have been told and written down for all, thousands of years ago. No such truth was revealed to the people, until now. They knew the time had to be correct when people were seeking wisdom and knowledge.

    Many more would be educated enough to appreciate learning new spiritual knowledge. We want to help you understand the reason we feel it is necessary to tell the world the truth about the life of Jesus. There have been many books written about the life and times of Jesus. Most of you shall be very surprised when I tell you that I am the Mother of Jesus, Mary. WAIT! WE KNOW HOW CRAZY THIS MUST SOUND TO YOU. MARY DOES SPEAK AND YOU ARE HEARING MY WORDS RIGHT THIS MOMENT IN YOUR TIME. Impossible you say not for God. Now some of you will close this book but we encourage you to wait until you read more. You have never heard my words or known anything about myself or our family. Most of you think this must be nonsense but I ask you why not? People have had sightings of me and many pray to me. This opportunity to tell our true story may interest you but most of all surprise you. How I have wanted you to know us to know me, Mary mother to Jesus. More importantly, to know our family and the real Jesus, my son.

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  38. Mary says

    This life for Mary Magdalene is heartbreaking. Being totally engrossed with the Son of God she cried daily after him. She was riticuled much for thinking Jesus as God. But in her he preformed many miracles. People didn’t want to except the fact of a “living God” but Mary, knowing the weight of the covenant of marriage did much to explain that you would have to see “The Christ within” in any marriage in order to take the covenant seriously. She knew well of the teachings of Jesus and sought to bring charity and above all else love into the life many sinners. She is a repentant prostitute and told many of her sins to enforce the humanity and mistakes we all make. In this,many were able to relate to her. She was accused of not knowing a agappe love because she spoke of issues in a time where shame kept problems hidden. She saw a forgiveness in Jesus that was not found much anymore in her time. She lived in a time when accusations led to stoning, bullying, and Torment all in the name of God. She loved Jesus with ALL her heart and cried daily for him. She was first Jesus shadow literally nipping at his heels. Being a bit clingy, she cleaved to Jesus as her savior. What better role model than he to show other men how to treat a wife. It perfectly fine for Jesus to marry. Although this was a dilemma at the time (taboo). Religious leaders should have been able to marry. As many women were not typically privy to the teachings of The fellowship in the way men were. Mary knew that love and forgiveness as taught by Jesus was the key to fixing Mankind. I can’t put into words how much I am greatful for the unconditional love of God. This unfailing love must be taken personally and practiced daily. We all are sinners and have to remind ourselves daily of how we all fall short of the kindness of God. I love you all and pray for all daily.

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  41. Geetha says

    Does It really matter If our Lord Jesus was married or Not… All that matter’s is our faith in him
    Its always good to know the facts but that should not change our faith, God bless

  42. Linda says

    Geetha asks a good question. Does it matter if Jesus was married or not?

    Yes it does matter.

    Jesus is the incarnation of God in three persons. Jesus the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Father and Jesus were one John 15:1.

    The Father is The gardener, the the Lord and husbandman that Mary was looking for outside the tomb (John 20:15). The Rabboni is Jesus aka Nicodemus (the one bringing victory to the people) who met with Jesus (the Woman of the promise) under cover of darkness ( John 3: 1-21). For as David says in Psalm 128 1-3 How blessed is everyone who is in awe of the LORD…your wife will be like a glorious vine. And again as Jesus says in John 15:5. I am the vine.

    Was Jesus Mary married? Yes!!! Was she a slut or a harlot for meeting with her spiritual brother Nicodemus under the cover of darkeness? I don’t think so. I think this encounter helped them both discover the meaning of life. In Luke 7: 36-50 Jesus says the one who is forgiven much loves much. And in 1 John 4 the text reads whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. So seeing Jesus as a forgiven sinner married to man carrying the cross (Mark 15:21) is a matter of faith.

  43. Gary says

    Today was the first time that I had ever looked up Sir Laurence Gardner.

    I am pretty much finished with the text of a book, and the family secrets that my grandparents started telling me in 1959, and were mostly finished with by about 1965…What I can still remember of it. Apparently, the whole John the Baptist and Magdalene and Stuart and Merovingian and Arthur and Solomon thing, is nothing new; for that is part of the same story which my grandparents told me about. And we, as mobile troubadour insiders, were in the thick of it.

    I have not read any of Laurence’s books; but where did my grandparents get all of their information from, back in the fifties?

    Allegedly, it was passed down through the family on both sides, by word of mouth…For that’s what they both told me.

    So, some of what Laurence writes, needs to be looked at with a more open mind, and not be debunked offhand. His information on the Magdalene, could be historically accurate, in the general sense. Of course, a lot of his facts could be wrong, if he is not a direct family insider…

    My grandfather told me that only 17 people would have needed to keep it all straight, to get it transmitted correctly from the time of Solomon right down to me. And the generations in between, could help them with that.

    The story, all starts before Ur.

    All food for thought…

  44. AW says

    Who knows.

  45. Peter says

    This kind of article shows how little our supposed “biblical scholars” understand the book that they read. As good Marxists, they have to see a power struggle between Mary Magdalene on the one hand and the Evangelists on the other–one for which the evidence must be imagined (after all, Hegel and Marx can’t be wrong, can they?).

    If there’s anything I get out of reading the New Testament, it is that Jesus Christ came to save sinners and destroy the devil’s grip on people–and Mary Magdalene will always stand (alongside Paul and Peter) as Exhibit A for such a case. For any serious Christian, to say that Mary had a sinful and demon-ridden past is NOT to disparage her. We all confess ourselves as sinners in need of the forgiveness and grace that the Messiah offers us, and Mary is one of those who beckon to us from the pages of the Gospels to come to Jesus Christ.

    As a Protestant, I hold no candle for either Rome or the Faner. But Pearson seems to understand ecclesiastical traditions of both East and West about as poorly as he understands the Bible he supposedly studies. Everyone notes that Mary Magdalene enjoyed the honor of being the first witness to the risen Jesus. Nobody–least of all the writers of the New Testament and generations of preachers–has ever taken that from her.

  46. Tim says

    I have another theory, that Mary was not from Magdala. The name Mary Magdalene (aside from one reference in Matthew’s list of female followers of Jesus) appears only in the passion narrative. The pre-Markan passion narrative is likely from Jerusalem and very early. Magdala means “tower” and Herod’s Palace had a Tower of Mary (Miriam). It was one of three (the other’s named after Herod’s brother and best friend) and it was the tallest and most beautiful. Jesus gave new names to Peter, James and John. I believe he also did for Mary, creating a play on words. Herod, the king of Israel had a Mary Tower and Jesus, the true king had a Mary, the Towering one. Her faithfulness and devotion put her head and shoulders above the rest of Jesus’ disciples. Her, her sister Martha and brother were well known to the early church in Jerusalem. Jesus’ new name for her carried special significance in Jerusalem and was a fitting way to describe her importance as the first eye witness to the resurrection.

  47. Ranjit says

    Mary Magdalene was a very virtuous lady. she definitely is not the prostitute as many think. There is no mention at all in all Gospels to prove that she was an ill famed woman. Only in the Gospel of St. John chapter 8/1-11 the adulterous woman is mentioned, but there is no mention at all to prove that was Mary of Magdala. Often she is confused with Mary of Bethany the sister of Martha & Lazarus. Nevertheless Mary of Bethany too was not a prostitute. Mary of Magdala is mentioned as the woman (01) who had 07 demons and was exorcised by Lord Jesus (02) was helping Jesus with her resources (03) was at the site of the Crucifixion (04) was at the tomb of Jesus on the day of resurrection & (05) who went to the apostles to tell about the resurrection of Jesus. Hence it is IMPROPER & SIN to tarnish the good image of that great saint.

  48. Eric says

    I am convinced that Mary Magdalene is God in the flesh. Is she the fullness of the Godhead made manifest? I don’t believe she is. Nor do I believe that Simon Peter Bar-Jonah (chief apostle) is the fullness of the Godhead made manifest. Nor do I believe John Bar-Zebedee is the fullness. Nonetheless, I do believe that Jesus built his church upon these 3 “hollow rocks”, i.e. incarnations of the Holy Spirit.

    Mary is the “hollow rock tower”, Peter is the “hollow rock tomb” and John is the “hollow clay pottery”. All 3 are Kaph/Keph/Kephel/Kaphel. Peter’s double was Andrew. Mary’s double was the Other Mary. John’s double was James. The secret of Wisdom is that [they are] double (Kephel) to that which is! (JOB 11:6).

    Mary’s humble/selfless deeds anointing the LORD’S feet/head with tears/nard, and wiping them with her hair, will be (should be) told around the world wherever the Gospel is proclaimed as a testimony of the Holy Spirits’ love and devotion for the Son of God. It is written: “There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother”. That friend is Mary Magdalene, “A strong [hollow rock] tower, highly favored of YAHH” (God’s sacred name). This is in contrast to the Proud/Selfish, Tower of Babel, which was solid rock, unable to be filled with God’s Holy Spirit. Mary is representative of a humble/selfless, hollow tower, with interior steps spiraling to the top to God, whereas the Babel tower is representative of a proud/selfish, solid rock tower, with exterior steps spiraling to the top to God, for all the world to see how pious those are ascending to God – like the Pharisees who loved the world to notice their godliness.

    Peter went “straight into the tomb” on Resurrection morning. Peter had to prove his love for the Son of God – Denying the LORD 3 times before the cock crowed 2 times. This is indicative of the 3rd person of the Godhead denying the 2nd person of the Godhead. HOW CAN THIS BE? “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

    And John was the beloved of the Son of God. There is a reciprocal love being displayed between the Son and Holy Spirit. The greatest is that part of the Holy Spirit which receives the love of the son i.e. John Bar-Zebedee (the beloved “Gift” of God – in Hebrew). John represents the gift filled Spanish piñata (3 words strung together pinnah+YAHH+ta in Hebrew, for an upper/topmost room/chamber of God – His sacred name). This is PENTECOST. “I will strike the Shepherd (piñata) and the sheep (gifts) will be scattered”.

    I recommend two(2) piñatas for PENTECOST celebrations. One being a donkey to represent Christ’s Triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Palm branches (Kaph) should be waived at the piñata first before striking it with a stick to rain down the gifts upon the people.
    A Second piñata in the form of a man(Judas the Traitor) should be hung and struck, being disembowled, releasing the 30 silver coins.

    This is the Divine Doctrine of the Holy Piña Pita Piñata (DDHPPP).

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