BAS Scholars Series with Joan Taylor

Thursday, December 8, 2022
8–9 PM Eastern

Mary Magdalene:
Memory and Mystery at Dura Europos

- Joan Taylor, King’s College London

The BAS Scholars Series program offers a quarterly, stand-alone presentation by noted scholars of the Bible and archaeology.

This December 8, join Joan Taylor for her compelling talk on Mary Magdalene.


Mary Magdalene: Memory and Mystery at Dura Europos

With her long hair and beauty, Mary Magdalene is easily recognizable to us in contemporary film and in art. Portrayals of Mary in western art point to essential facets of her memory over time. In the art of the early (and eastern) Church, however, she is not so recognizable, often being portrayed like other women disciples of Jesus or Jesus’s mother. How can we recognize her? In the earliest of all surviving Christian art, in the third-century house-church of Dura Europos in eastern Syria, she was identified by the excavators in the baptistery paintings. But, given curious features of the representation, this identification has been challenged. By looking at a variety of early Christian texts, we are led into a mysterious world in which meaning is presented in overlapping ways and the figure of Mary functions as a powerful symbol.


Joan Taylor

Joan E. Taylor is Professor of Christian Origins and Second Temple Judaism at King’s College London. Her numerous books and articles explore early Jewish and Christian life in the ancient Mediterranean. [More Bio]


  • Full payment $10 per person
  • Final date to register December 6, 2022
  • Recording will be available for participants to watch until March 8, 2023



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