Mary Magdalene

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sinful woman Jesus healed of evil spirits

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Though the Biblical passage refers to her only as a "sinner" and not specifically as a prostitute, Pope Gregory I made doctrine of this specific sin and equated Mary of Magdala with the several penitent women described in the Gospels.
They were all sure that Mary of Magdala was there, in fact in John's story she is the only one to witness the resurrection.
Coyle's final essay is to a large extent a direct response to Shoemaker (based on their previous publications); while the identification of which Mary appears in Gnostic, canonical, and apocryphal literature may present difficulties to scholars of these texts, Coyle argues compellingly that "there is no danger of confusing Mary of Magdala with Mary of Nazareth" in Manichaeism, "for Manichaeism never pays attention to a woman who would have, at best, mothered the wrong Jesus and, at worst, desecrated him with her womb" (203-204).
Mary of Magdala symbolizes this transformation in her role as "Apostle to the Apostles," a title given to her by Augustine.
More than 20 years of scholarship, including the study of non-canonical tracts found in Egypt in 1945, have demonstrated that Mary of Magdala was not the women of ill repute mentioned in the Gospels, but a primary disciple, friend of Jesus and major leader in the early church.
In this collection of 11 papers from both generations, contributors examine the realities of "doing liberation theology", whether it informs homosexuality, intellectual and spiritual reform, queer theory, postmodernism in Brazil, feminist hermeneutics of liberation in market aesthetics, a queer reading of Mary of Magdala, modernity and sexual difference, liberating Mary along with the poor, religion and feminism within Latin American concepts of sexuality, worship for the excluded and the love of a gay minister from Buenos Aires in a time of dictatorship.
The women include Eve and Lilith (Adam's first wife referred to in Judaic commentaries on the Torah), Sara and Hagar, Tamar, Ruth the Moabit, Abigail, Judith, Esther, Mary and Martha, and Mary of Magdala.
According to Luke's Gospel (8:2), Mary of Magdala was the leader of the group of Jesus's women followers, and had been healed; she was present at the crucifixion and, according to John and Mark, was the first to witness the risen Christ.
They owe their origins, however, to the conflated creature which Mary of Magdala became from the sixth century on--the repentant whore.
SIR - Since Mary of Magdala is not here to defend her reputation against what was said about her in your review last Saturday, may I do so on her behalf?
For if Renaissance portraits of the Virgin Mary celebrate the sensate appeal of her beauty and earthly perfection (purity in the flesh), many portraits of Mary of Magdala exhibit blatant and rebellious sensuality, tamed through penitence and piety (the flesh purified).
Karen King, a professor of church history at Harvard University and author of ``The Gospel of Mary of Magdala,'' concurred there is no historical indication of such a marriage.
virtual flood of books has been written about the New Testament figure Mary of Magdala.
Theodora of Alexandria, Mary of Egypt, Mary of Magdala, Pelagia of Anthiocia, Photina the Samaritan woman--they were known in their own era as sinful women, but through their asceticism they were canonized as saints.