he mention of mother Mary, most commonly known as the Virgin Mary in the bible, plays arguably the most crucial role within Christianity as she gave birth to Jesus Christ. However, there is quite a bit of confusion within the bible when the name “Mary” is mentioned within the bible without a clear specification, and that is because there is also another Mary within the bible.
Many times in passages such as Matthew where this other “Mary” is mentioned, the writer does not specify which Mary it’s talking about every time, making it quite confusing without the proper context.
Who was Mary Magdala?
Mary Magdala or as mentioned in some scriptures as Magdalena is one of the most misunderstood saints within Christianity. For many decades, this woman was the most fervently worshipped of saints, becoming the embodiment of Christian devotion, which was described as repentance.
She was, however, only obliquely recognized in Scripture, and has so acted as a scrim through which a series of illusions have been projected. Her image was remade in each century, from prostitute to sibyl to mystic to celibate nun to submissive helpmeet to feminist icon to grandmother of divinity’s secret dynasty.
Mary Magdala was a Saint that followed Jesus on his journey and she even witnessed his crucifixion as well as resurrection. Her love for Jesus as well as Christianity as a whole, was very strong. However, the many misconceptions that have been brought up over centuries about her can make it difficult to believe. Some people simply hated how dedicated she was towards Jesus and Christianity, therefore, she started to create a bad reputation.
“Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. There Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out…”Luke 8:1-2
Hunted by 7 Demons
However, the bad image some people have had of her during those biblical times comes from her beginnings, which from a theological perspective have come as a challenge to become a saint and a follower of Jesus.
For many decades, this woman was the most fervently worshipped of saints, becoming the embodiment of Christian devotion, described as repentance. She was, however, only obliquely recognized in Scripture, and has so acted as a scrim through which a series of illusions have been projected. Her image was remade in each century, from prostitute to sibyl to mystic to celibate nun to submissive helpmeet to feminist icon to grandmother of divinity’s secret dynasty.
“A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.”Luke 7:37 NIV
One can only imagine what Jesus was thinking when he saw Mary in her desperate plight. Only He could have seen who she truly was, despite her derailment. Christ not only recognised her, but He also told the devils to leave her alone. Since not many specifics about this occurrence are documented, her name is one of the few named in the chronicles of Jesus’ healings.
The bond created as a result of her suffering led to Mary’s entire life, which would now serve as a reflection of her thanks.
The first to tell the gospel story
Mary was the first person to relate the entire gospel tale. As the angels told her in Mark 16:7 to “go,” Mary became the first person to sense Christ’s call and pull on her life to report of His resurrection. In that era, women were not invited to witness, and their testimony did not contribute legitimacy to any historically documented occurrence.
Why would Christians put these women at the heart of the Gospel story in a society where women were not treated equally to men? According to certain early texts, Simon Peter was the first to see Jesus, and the fact that Mary was so near to Jesus irritated him.
Several of the disciples and Apostles lived evangelistic lives, and many were martyred for the early founding of Christianity. Well, how about Mary Magdalene? Her remarkable witness to Jesus Christ was clearly placed in place to enhance others’ faith. Some say she married the apostle John, while others say she accompanied him to Ephesus.
Some claim she evangelized in southeastern France and lived her final 30 years in an Alpine cavern. There are additional stories and traditions, including one about Mary and other disciples being shipwrecked on a rudderless boat in the middle of the sea and miraculously coming land.
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