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Mary Magdalene-Apostle to the Apostles

Updated on December 29, 2009

Misrepresented, Misunderstood

There are many Mary Magdalenes. People have painted her in many lights for thousands of years. She has been seen as a saint, penitent sinner, disciple, exorcist, anointer, Christian idealist, and apostle of apostles. Recently in movies such as in the Da Vinci Code, she has been depicted as matriarch of a holy bloodline.

There are only a dozen references to Mary Magdalene in the New Testament. Few offer insights of the facts and events of her life. Of the four accepted gospel accounts, none could write about her with consistency.

Mathew, Mark, and John mention she is at the Crucifixion. Luke is not explicit about this. Her presence at the resurrection is mentioned by Mark, Luke, and John but not Mathew. John mentions she “saw the stone already taken away from the tomb and then went to tell the disciples that “I have seen the Lord.” Mark says, “He first appeared to Mary Magdalene” and leaves it at that. Luke gives the most detailed account of the Resurrection but says that when Mary and the other women “announced all these things to the eleven and to all the others… their story seemed like nonsense and (the disciples) did not believe them.”

Albert Schweitzer described the quest for Jesus as looking down a well and describing the face you see down there as the face of Jesus, when of course it is only your own reflection. Another saying is “we see things not as they are, we see things as we are”.

When we investigate the earliest available records we find conflicting images. The answer we find depends on where we look. The earliest account was written by Mark, about forty years after Jesus’ death. While the Roman soldiers were crucifying Jesus Mary Magdalene stood among a group of women watching and grieving, although the male disciples fled for their lives. Standing with Salome and Mary, the mother of James and Joseph, Mary Magdalene continued her vigil until Jesus finally died; later she and her friends saw his body wrapped carefully in strips of linen, entombed, and sealed in a cave cut out of rock. The morning after Sabbath, these women who had “followed Jesus and provided for him” came to offer their teacher the final service. They brought aromatic spices to complete his burial. Mark’s account now ends on a note of shock and confusion; finding the tomb open and the body gone, and hearing that Jesus “is not there; he has risen,” the women run away, shaking with terror, “for trembling and astonishment came upon them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were terrified.”

Mathew changes the ending by saying that Mary and her friends did leave the tomb quickly but “with fear and joy.” Instead of intending to say nothing, they immediately run “to tell his disciples.” On their way Jesus met and spoke to them.

Luke initially omits Mark’s comment that Mary, Salome, and the other Mary “followed Jesus”. This statement would imply that the ladies were indeed disciples in that they “followed Jesus”. Luke contrasts the disciples with the “women”. whom he classifies as among the needy, sick, and crazed members of the crowds that pressed themselves upon Jesus and his disciples. Luke, unlike Mark, says that Mary came to Jesus driven by demonic spirits, and as only one among “some women who had been healed from evil spirits and from illnesses.”

When Luke tells the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and death, he changes three passages in which Mark had named Mary Magdalene, leaving her nameless in each of these stories, standing among an anonymous group he calls “the women.”

Only after the “women” testify about what they saw to the “eleven” (Judas had left) does Luke name the women. At this point, apparently, their “witness” matters to validate their testimony. He sees most prominently, Mary Magdalene, Mary mother of James and Joseph, and Joanna. We can only wonder why at times, like John, he speaks positively about women and why at other times, he denigrates Mary and downplays her role.

The very writers who picture Peter as the disciple whom Jesus acknowledges as being their primary leader—namely the authors of Mathew, Mark and Luke—are the same ones who picture Mary as no disciple at all. These are three of the gospels that came to be included in the canon of the New Testament—often invoked, even now, to “prove” that women cannot hold positions of authority within the Christian churches.

This also works in reverse: every one of the sources that revere Mary as a leader among the apostles was excluded from the New Testament canon.

The four gospels are not eyewitness accounts.  They were written 35 to 65 years after Jesus’ death. These are a jelling of separate oral traditions that had taken form in dispersed Christian communities.  The gospels of Mark, Mathew, and Luke date to about 65 to 85 and have sources and themes in common. The gospel of John was composed around 90 to 95 and is distinct.

When we read about Mary Magdalene, as when we are reading about Jesus, we are getting memory, not history—memory shaped by time, by shades of emphasis, and by efforts to make theological points.

From of the gospel of Luke:

Now after this Jesus made his way through the towns and villages preaching, and proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom of God. With him went the Twelve, as well as certain women who had been cured of evil spirits and ailments: Mary surnamed the Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and several others who provided for them out of their own resources.

Now at this point, Mary Magdalene is established as “who she is”. Next we read:

One of the Pharisees invited Jesus to a meal. When he arrived at the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table, a woman came in, who had a bad name in the town. She had heard he was dining with the Pharisee and had brought with her an alabaster jar of ointment. She waited behind him at his feet, weeping, and her tears fell on his feet, and she wiped them away with her hair; then she covered his feet with kisses and anointed them with the ointment.

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said unto himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who this woman is that is touching him and what a bad name she has.”

But Jesus refuses to condemn her, or even to deflect her gesture. Indeed, he recognizes it as a sign that “her many sins must have been forgiven her, or she would not have known such great love.” “Your faith has saved you,” says Jesus, “Go in peace.”

This story of the woman with the “bad name” , the alabaster jar, the loose hair, the “many sins,” the stricken conscience, the ointment, the rubbing of feet, and the kissing would, over time, become the dramatic high point of the story of Mary Madalene. The scene would be explicitly attached to her, and rendered again and again by the greatest Christian artists. But even a casual reading of this text suggests that the two women had nothing to do with each other. The weeping anointer is no more connected to Mary of Magdala than she is to Joanna or Susanna.

In 591 Pope Gregory the Great delivered the now infamous sermon in which he conflated two other women—Mary of Bethany and the anonymous “woman in the city, who was the sinner” with Mary Magdalene. In one fell swoop, he delivered what is considered by many modern scholars to be the final blow in a series that saw women increasingly marginalized because of their perceived threat to the “one true faith.” His sermon cut off an ongoing discussion about Mary Magdalene’s identity at the same time and put her name in a box labeled “penitent sinner.” This box would not be opened again for 1,378 years. This judgment of Mary Magdalene as a prostitute and penitent became a reference point for Catholic theology. He declared that the reading from the pulpit on Mary Magdalene’s feats day, July 22, henceforth would be from Luke 7.

Pope Gregory also delivered a Homily in which he charged the faithful to follow this interpretation of the verse:

She whom Luke calls the sinful woman, whom John calls Mary, we believe to be the Mary from whom seven devils were ejected according to Mark. And what did the deviles signify, if not all vices?...

It is clear, brothers, that the woman previously used the unguent to perfume her flesh in forbidden acts. What she displayed more scandalously, she was now offering to God in a more praise-worthy manner. She had coveted with earthly eyes, but now through peitence these are consumed with tears. She displayed her hair to set off her face, but now her hair dries her tears. She had spoken proud things with her mouth, but in kissing the Lord’s feet, she now planted her mouth on the Redeemer’s feet. For every delight, therefore, she had had in herself, she now immolated herself. She turned the mass of her crimes to virtues, in order to serve God entirely in penance, for as much as she had wrongly held God in contempt.

In great part because of pressure from within, the Vatican finally overturned this interpretation about Mary Magdalene in 1969, with neither an apology nor an official statement. The Second Vatican Council simply altered the reading for the feast day as part of a general reform of the church calendar regarding the way many saints were to be remembered. The Roman missal and the Roman calendar now directed the reading be changed from Luke 7 to the gospel of John, Chapter 20, verses 1-2 and 11-18.

1) The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher, and seeth the stone taken away from the spulchre.

2) Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepluchre, and we know not where they have laid him.

11) But Mary stood without the sepulcher weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulcher,

12) And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

13) And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know nnot where they have laid him.

14) And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

15) Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou? She supposing him to the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

16) Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

17) Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

18) Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

Thereby Pope John Paul II reversed his predecessor and changed Mary Magdalene back from a repentant sinner to the Resurrection story—as well as in her own right.

Of course for thousands of years she was misrepresented. She was a propaganda weapon for the Catholic Church. She had not been naked for now she was naked and penitent. To aristocratic men she was a pin-up. You had people commissioning paintings and sculptures of her entirely nude. There have been hundreds of well-known artworks through the centuries.

There have been many movies to distort her image.

The musical Jesus Christ Superstar depicts her as a harlot.

Even in Dan Brown’s fiction she is reduced to a “vessel”.

Yesterday, and tomorrow she will be maligned.

Perhaps some women have thought that they were exercising their options to use their sexuality, while others think of prostitutes as victims. To some she was an independent woman making her own way in the world. Even though the prostitute identity is fiction and there is no scriptural basis for it, could some women look to her and think, “Well if Jesus loved her, he can love me”?

It’s unnecessary. Jesus loved prostitutes and other sinners. The fact remains there is nothing in the New Testament that identifies her as a prostitute.

Lies are lies and are of no use, especially when they maim.

There are more newly found “Gospels” that depict Mary Magdalene as more than how she is depicted by the “Four Gospels of the New Testament”. For her redemption we need not look at those.

 Who was Mary Magdalene? From the New Testament we assume she was from Magdala, her home town, a village on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. There is an argument against this. The town called Magdala was called Taricheae in Biblical times. Taricheae was destroyed in AD 67, and the town that was rebuilt on the old site on the shore of the Sea of Galilee was named Magdala Nunnayah (Aramaic for “Tower of the Fishes”). Josephus, a Jew who wrote the first draft of Jewish War in Aramaic, calls the town Taricheae, as does every other written record of the period prior to AD 70.

The prophetic passage from the Hebrew Bible, Micah 4:8-11, is the most likely source for the title of “the Magdalene”: “To you, O Magdal-eder, Watchtower of the Flock, shall dominion be restored.” The passage goes on to prophesy her exile and eventual rescue. “Nations will defile you” (Micah 4:11).

She was a leading figure among those attracted to Jesus. When the men abandoned him at the hour of mortal danger, she was one of the women who stayed with him, even to the crucifixion. She was present at his tomb. She was the first to whom Jesus appeared. She was the absolute first to preach the “Good News” of that miracle.

Other gospels which remained unknown for nearly two thousand year were found near Nag Hammadi in 1945. An Arab peasant named Muhammad Ali al-Sammanrode his camel to the foothills near Nag Hammadi. While digging for fertilizer he discovered a jar about three feet high. He was disappointed to only find some papyrus paper inside. He tossed them where he kept his animals. His mother used some pages to light a fire. Other pages were bartered for cigarettes and fruit. Through antiquities dealers, black marketers, smugglers, and then scholars, they were finally recognized as a priceless library of Gnostic writings. There are thirteen codices, containing fifty two texts. They were originally recorded in Coptic in the fourth century but were translated from Greek originals dating from between the second and fourth century. These were translated into Coptic in Egypt. These were the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Philip, the Wisdom of Faith,  and the Dialogue of the Savior. These unanimously picture Mary as one of Jesus' most trusted disciples. Other texts came to light in the eighteenth and nineteenth century but were not published until after the find at Nag Hammadi.


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      Micky Dee 5 years ago

      It does appear that truth has taken a detour occasionally.

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      Sean Brookfield 5 years ago from Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I feel Mary Magdalene was one of Jesus' most loyal friends and devoted more evidence emerges.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      PierAllegro- thank you for reading. God bless you.

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      PierAllegro 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      It a great piece. I will need to re-read it a few time though. Tones of great stuff. Fascinating topic.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Good example.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Beautiful insight Peggy. There were no punctuation marks. Wordswouldsometimesrunonlosingtheirmeaning like:

      God is now here. Godisnowhere. (God is nowhere?) Just an example. Many scribes could not read what they wrote. A letter from Paul to a church would be copied but another piece added for reasons of the local church. Biblical scholars have tried to sort out the most probable conclusions.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Very interesting reading about Mary Magdalene. One thing that rings so true with me is the fact of some passages being kept out of the Bible while others are in the Bible and also...and importantly!...the entire thing is recanted and written down from people's memories years after the fact. If one tells a story and passes it on and it is retold and years later written down...certainly by then it is not verbatim.

      I have always thought it silly that from this basis AND the fact of the Bible being translated (one always shades or loses some meaning in translations) people argue about every word being literal. How can they???

      Very good and useful hub Micky. Gets my vote! Can't beat the Golden Rule or the 10 Commandments for that matter.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Polly - where do you get ANY info. Please read this hub again. You say "but he was there for her to give personal attention to, and thankful for His forgiveness and humbling herself to ease His feet and perfume them".

      My hub clearly states the opposite of what you're saying. Mary Magdalene did not wash the feet of Jesus. There were three women. If I remember correctly and by the way this is in the Bible. It's taken out of the Bible but just as you always seem to do- you follow falsehoods.

      And I have no idea what you are insinuating with all this stuff with a girl being raped and stuff.

      I was in the USMC and you have never defended anything but you attack. You attack. So I am against raping, murdering all the stuff you watch on TV or whatever.

      I'm very weary of your methods. Nothing rings true from you. You compare apples to tennis balls.

      If you're insinuating what you seem to be insinuating - well - you have no idea about Micky Dee. I've put my ass on the line more than you and most of your friends and relatives and I don't know them. As far as I know you have done nothing but antagonize.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Hi Nell. I think you should write your hub! I think you would do great at whatever you choose. God bless you Dear. Thank you Ma'am.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, Micky, well I missed this one! And the funny thing was that I was going to do some hubs about the missing gospels and I went on google to see if anybody had written about them and guess who came out on the top? lol so it looks like I won't be doing it! great hub, and really interesting, cheers nell

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      It's amazing Katie! You don't know what's going to be twisted at us! Thank you Dear Katie!

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Now that just makes good old common sense don't it, amazing what people try to take and spin... Great read on Mary Magdalene

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      Pollyannalana 7 years ago from US

      Well I guess I just am not understanding and I am not too good to show my hate and harsh words for rapists and murderers and dirty government and did Jesus not have a few fits about things that went on in the worship places? Do you ever remember Jesus saying to a murderer, "Be healed and murder no more?" "Be healed, and rape no more." Probably other times too, Jesus did not walk around speaking only love and acting like a wuss, life for Him and for us is never always the same everyday and people who speak of love mean well and certainly love has been a big part of my life, but my love is for that little girl raped and my hate is for that Judge that let the man walk free to go keep raping her and My Jesus would not have kind words for her either! Not unless she was on her knees asking forgiveness which we know they none do because they are none wrong.When God said don't be a coward, what did He mean? I can't imagine working or not working is even important. Who had more faith than Jesus? He never worried about his next meal. He said it wasn't even important to wash the dish!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Call it what you want to Polly. Interject whatever Polly.

      Jesus gave His health-care away. Jesus did not rule communist Russia, the USSR, China.

      Jesus gave His health-care away.

      Jesus GAVE food away.

      This is an argument that Jesus did not sell a thing. Jesus was no capitalist. Oh I'm sure Jesus actually did participate in capitalism. His earthly father was a carpenter. I'm sure He bought something and sold something. This is an argument that Jesus saw fit to GIVE HIS HEALTHCARE AWAY!

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      Pollyannalana 7 years ago from US

      That hurts me Micky for you to call Jesus a communist, we know how the communists have always been, there are Jews there now starving and trying to get back to the coming of Jesus. Maybe communism has a meaning the ones we have known don't live up to but My Lord is no communist and I would fear saying those words and I know you don't really mean it. Even in Heaven and Hell do you believe all will be punished or rewarded equally? You must know better. Jesus is love and I am sure I will be happy any spot I get. We will rule with him and given reign according to our rewards. Please see this.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Thank you Sa'ge. Your appreciation is worth any work!

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      Sa`ge 7 years ago from Barefoot Island

      very complete on Mary Magdalene, so much hard work by you on this one. I know I am really late with my comment but you do have six months one me LOL.. I will never be caught up here ha ha! I like how you did this. ~aloha~

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      "Jesus was a communist" - you know that's right! Business people (mostly big business or their flunkies) do not want to connect those dots! We are our brother's keeper. I'm glad you're reaching out. I've tossed money but not taken the time to hear their story. God bless nomoretrucks!

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      nomoretrucks 7 years ago from scotland

      MD I am no theologist but had a few experiences out on a long hot lonely road in southern spain with no food water or money which made me want to dig a litle deeper. I ended up in a situation where i prayed in the dust on the side of the road at 43- i hadnt prayed before that since i was 8 yrs old at Sunday school. Being a couple of thousand miles from home with nothing let me see things from a different angle. At my lowest, hungriest, dirtiest and with the loss of everything i had built up in my life, the only people who gave any sort of comfort all spoke 3 seperate languages- some were Christian, some were Muslim, but all obviously had faith, i never asked for help but the way they treated me showed. (I thought of the tower of Babel) Point is Faith shows through our actions. I still canna walk past someone lying at the kerbside without asking ;em their name and connecting with em, they have a story, i make time for them. I have met plenty of Christians-and Muslims who dont do this, just go by. They appear to walk the walk for appearence sake. Jesus was a communist, he shared, im glad he set an example or i would still be leading the life i did before 07- a selfish drunken materielistic ass head.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Yo Bro! It's "pick & choose" religion! I won't have have one that doesn't uphold The LAW! Thank you Brother Man!

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      50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

      Mic, the scripture you refer, seems to me (about the long hair or a woman's head must be covered)in the end, depending on the version says "if there exists contention among you, we have NO such custom". I was called on it in a Baptist church, I told the individual, "then tear down the pictures and crusificts, and break out the stained glass representing Christ in this building, and I will cut my hair" it created silence. It is or it isn't, the nay Sayers should choose and abide.

      Peace Bro', dusty

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Yo Bro 50! There are many things that likely and there are some things agreed upon by scholars to be thought as "added" in by scribes (making copies, etc.). There are other reasons that "texts" were "altered".

      The Golden Rule flows through most of what you've written above.

      Corinthians were "letter" written. In those there is a scripture that mentions "long hair" and negatively. Too many "surface" Christians want to use that as a weapon to bruise their fellow brothers. Firstly in doing so -THEY are not Christlike and in the definition that I grew up with pertaining to Christians - they are not. No Golden Rule applied when using this stupidity against another brother. In what context were they speaking? Because Jesus, THE foundation of Christianity, time, etc., wore his hair "uncut". So to ever use this verse against another brother is malicious. But isn't every religion false and malicious - come on now - at least - at times. It sure is if the Golden Rule is not shouted as the TESTAMENT of Christianity!!! The Golden Rule - it's THE LAW! Thank you Brother Dusty!

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      50 Caliber 7 years ago from Arizona

      Mic, my brother, I'm not sure when you published this, but I've been hanging with you for some time now, and I've gone back to find what else I have not seen. I go through spells of times when out of better than 125 people I follow just all stop publishing for days on end, and that's just not likely, You know I left for a trip a short while back, when I returned I had ninety some odd hubs, with that and the flow on more I just broke even two days ago, so I don't know what else I never got. I ran up on this and just read it.

      I'm well aware that things were trimmed and cut as to what is and is not included in the Bible. I'm not aware of what is not or the reasoning behind it. Was it right? to leave any of it out, was it political in reason or perhaps Satanic? I suppose answers to that are yet to be revealed in total. I have no reason to doubt what is here in your hub, I also find that to do so might be a sin in technicality.

      In the final book of the copies of my Bibles, including the personalized for their religion of the Jehovah Witnesses, the verses I'll quote in a line or two exist, yet it is noted that two hundred and thirty some odd additions were made by them. I have also read that the Catholic religion was responsible for the removal of the name of God, as well as Christ, Yahweh, and Yahshua, respectively were removed and replaced, by their decision that us common folks were unfit to know or speak them. I have a relatively new Bible that I got perhaps 7 or 8 years back, in the preface it is stated that they had assembled a team of translators and if an agreement could not be reached on a words meaning it was omitted.

      Revelations 22:18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

      These appear just two verses short of the end, and to me sound more like a lawyers disclaimer, more than anything else. Take note however, I make this as an observation of my own and not a judgment. If what I have read on these subjects is true, what else might have been done by man, who is portrayed as sinners through out the text many times, so many in fact, that between that message added to the observation of just myself and the errors I have made in the years of my life, I believe man/woman are quite fallible. That said, I believe that we may have but a partial if not skewed text for study. So rather than look for things that seem to contradict, from one part to the next, I look for those that remain constant. We have counted together the references of the "Golden Rule" and it seems to be a constant. So for myself I have settled on two particular sets of scripture. John 3:16-21 16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[f] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.[g] 19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God."

      And Mathew 25:31-46 31"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

      34"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'

      37"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

      40"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

      41"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'

      44"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'

      45"He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'

      46"Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

      Peace and Love, 50

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Men were frowned upon who imitated women. They certainly were NOT frowned upon for wearing long hair. Jesus had long hair! Most Jews of that time HAD LONG HAIR! SO- this guy and others say that only the men looking like a goose stepping military can be Christian! How utterly foolish!

      It's hard to believe that people would have a picture of Jesus in their homes with long hair and say something so foolish as it being "wrong" to wear long hair.

      This is one more reason I really don't care for most of the scriptures in the Bible.

      Jesus said, "This LAW I give you is ABOVE ALL LAWS - that YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER!"




      "IT" is the most important LAW! The GOLDEN RULE is THE LAW above ALL LAWS!!!

      Until CHRISTIANS come to acknowledge THIS TRUTH- there is no reason for me to quote any other!

      Too many Christians live in hell and dispense "their" own hell to someone else when they cannot come to terms with THIS FOUNDATION of CHRISTIANITY!

      The GOLDEN RULE is not just a good idea!!! It's the LAW!

      Thank you Polly.

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      Pollyannalana 7 years ago from US

      I have heard so much about Mary Magdalene even from Bible Scholars that want to suggest Jesus and Mary had a relationship and some suggest they possibly married and had a family, where do people come up with such crazy things, it really makes me mad from a Scholar that people may believe. I think Mary worshiped him as we all should but he was there for her to give personal attention to, and thankful for His forgiveness and humbling herself to ease His feet and perfume them and we can maybe imagine all the walking and chafing to anyone's feet back then, traveling so much and no sports shoes for comfort there would probable be much damage to feet then and she did things as we would for someone we loved to ease their pain, and drying them with her hair I take as humbling ones self like throwing ashes on there own heads, and as hard as it is to understand it all, those who love Jesus have a soul understanding. I think women had a place back then which was perfectly fine with our Lord but it was hard for some men to understand thinking women should keep quiet and stay out of the way. Even here at hubs I have read a guy thinks men should dress like men (and no long hair)and women no pants, etc and I reminded him that our Lord back then wore robes and all our picture show him with long hair. The scripture goes on to say if he would read it meaning in English if there's any argument about it we have no such rules.Good hub Micky, much food for thought.

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      Micky Dee 8 years ago

      Thank you Marliza! Very nice of you to stop and comment. I'll stop over in Marlizaville soon!

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      Marliza Gunter 8 years ago from South Africa

      Absolutely awesome...great history...well done hub...!

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      Micky Dee 8 years ago

      She was very maligned by Pope Gregory (567 or so AD)and that was "rescinded" a few decades ago -without any "fanfare" by the Catholic Church. Most Biblical scholars agree that the "woman at the well" story was not written by John and probably shouldn't be in the Bible. This perhaps from an "historical point view?"

      Mary Magdalene was the "apostle to the apostles"! She told "THE story first"!

      Thanks Storytellersrus.

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      Barbara 8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Hey Micky Dee, I guess I missed this hub because I was distracted by my father in law's demise and subsequent death. However, I appreciate so much your take on this misunderstood woman! I, too, have read The Gospel of Mary Magdalene. I have read Elaine Pagel's approach to her as well- Mary being married to Jesus. There are stories that she was the woman at the well who met him as an equal, so great was her spiritual understanding. And also that what Jesus might have expunged from her were not demons but cleansing of the chakras. I think placing her in the context of prostitute reduces her to something manageable in the world of men. It makes male dominance much more palatable if women are simply labeled "evil." I love it when men such as yourself have enough confidence to see women as equals with something intelligent to share. Thanks.

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      Micky Dee 8 years ago

      Thanks Brynda. There's just a lot we don't know, can't see, and is just hidden. Thanks for coming by and leaving a comment. I'd like to read those gospels too. Thanks- er, a lot of wars have been fought over women though. You're right about men. They just have to fight!

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      Brynda 8 years ago

      Finally got to read this! coincidence is that just yesterday I began reading a book I got at the used books store on the Dead Sea Scrolls (1950's edition). I had seen a tv show on the gnostic gospels and how Constatine had decided what would be in the Bible and what should be destroyed. That's how all these scrolls ended up in jars in the mountains, hidden for ages. I had also become interested in the Essene Gospels which advocate a raw foods diet. Now I see a Christian Raw foodist has a program coming out this Monday about why this is a "fake" gospel. Should be interesting. Thank you for this. It has changed my view of her. I like that my husband once said that he beleived women were superior to men because they don't go around starting wars and such as that. Amen!!

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      Micky Dee 8 years ago

      Absolutely! As to date- this hub has 58 readers. I have devout Christian friends who have not read this and will not read it. This is an unpopular hub. It is certainly not my desire to thwart anyone's belief. It should not soften a belief in Jesus. The truth about this hub is that it questions how the Bible is written or more accurately it how readers love for the Bible to have been written. I would have written more but it would only make this hub less popular. Then again- I ain't running for mayor either. I want the truth. I wish the Gospel of Mary had been included as well as other books of truth. Thank you very much for stopping by.

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      Kori Lee F.P. 8 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Have you ever investigated the idea that she might be the Christ's "Beloved Disciple" Or there are some out there that believe she is the author of John. Great Hub. I have read the Gospel of Mary- Definitely more involved estoteric than the Bible.

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      Micky Dee 8 years ago

      Thank you Blaise. I'm a bit of a "stickler" for the truth. I appreciate you, thanks.

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      Fehl Dungo 8 years ago from close to you...

      you've point out all the interesting things bout her. thumbs up, Micky! :) thanks!

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      Micky Dee 8 years ago

      Thank you Teresa. History is written by people who write history. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Maria Teresa Rodriguez - Laurente 8 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

      I love this! Thank you so much for sharing this. I agree with what is in here. I do think too that she has a strong personality, an entrepreneur, and very independent. Sometimes, jealousy divides.

      Thank Micky Dee. More power.

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      Micky Dee 8 years ago

      Thank you PDH for stopping by again. The truth may set us free. I'm fine and hope you are, thanks.

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      Hey Micky Dee, this is an awesome hubs, let other know the Truth, very mice one indeed, How are you, Maita

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      Micky Dee 8 years ago

      You are correct Hotspur. I went ahead and included them at the end for your pleasure. My source for this information is "Secrets of Mary Magdalene". Thanks for stopping by.

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      Micky Dee 8 years ago

      Thank you Creative one. I really appreciate your dropping by.

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      hotspur 8 years ago from England

      This what I like about hubpages - you can come across something unexpected. Very interesting read and a an excellent example of how history is manipulated by the victors. Weren't some 'new' gospels found in the desert that paints Mary in more of a central position amongst the apostles?

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      benny Faye Douglass 8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Micky Dee for a great depiction of Mary Magdalene, I enjoyed reading it. Thank you for sharing it. Godspeed. creativeone59


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