Who was Mary Magdalene? This question has been asked many times before. A Pope in the Middle Ages proclaimed she was a prostitute.1 This slur still lingers around after more than 1,000 years. More recently, she has become a cult figure as there is a lot of mystery surrounding her. She may have been the most important person in Jesus’ life. According to the Gospels, she witnessed the crucifixion from the foot of the cross after the male disciples have fled. And she was the first to see the resurrected Jesus.
There has been speculation as to whether or not she was Jesus’ wife. The official position of the Church is that Jesus was, and still is, married to the Church. Jesus is referred to as the Bridegroom (Matthew 9:15, Luke 5:34, Mark 2:19-20). After the Crucifixion, Mary Magdalene went out to wash and anoint Jesus’ body (Mark 16:1). This was the duty of the family, most notably the wife.
The Gospels of the New Testament tell us little about her. According to Luke, she was one of the women that travelled with Jesus and supported him financially during his mission. Jesus had cured these women of illness and demonic possession. Of Mary Magdalene, it is written that seven demons had been cast out of her (Luke 8:1-3). A few Gospels that are not recognised by the Church have more to say. The Gospel of Philip names her as Jesus’ companion2 and mentions that Jesus loved her more than the other disciples and kissed her often.3 The Gospel of Mary notes that Jesus loved her more than the other women.4 It led to speculation that Mary Magdalene was the beloved disciple in the Gospel of John.
The Gospel of John states that Jesus had an intimate and loving relationship with God. It seems that Jesus knew God personally and believed that he had eternal life and already existed at the beginning of the world. A central theme in Christianity is that God is love. There is an explanation for this. Mary Magdalene may have been God. This universe could be a virtual reality created by an advanced humanoid civilisation to entertain someone we call God. And God could use avatars and appear like an ordinary human to us.
The origins of Christianity are riddled with mystery and contradiction. Indeed, something important may have been hidden from us. Jesus may have believed that She was the reincarnation of Eve and that he was the reincarnation of Adam. Mary Magdalene may have married Jesus after convincing him that he was her eternal husband. The first Jesus may have believed that Adam was Eve’s son, so Adam, and therefore, Jesus are the son of God.
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Featured image: Christ with Mary Magdalene, West Nave, Kilmore Church, Isle of Mull made by Stephen Adam. B. Galbraith. Victorian Web.
1. Who was Mary Magdalene? James Carrol (2006). Smithsonian. [link]
2. Gospel of Philip: There were three who always walked with the Lord: Mary, his mother, and her sister, and Magdalene, who was called his companion. His sister, his mother and his companion were each a Mary.
3. Gospel of Philip: And the companion of the saviour was Mary Magdalene. Christ loved Mary more than all the disciples and used to kiss her often. The rest of the disciples were offended by it and expressed disapproval. They said to him, “Why do you love her more than all of us?” The Saviour answered and said to them, “Why do I not love you like her?”
4. Gospel of Mary: Peter said to Mary, “Sister we know that the Saviour loved you more than the rest of woman. Tell us the words of the Saviour which you remember which you know, but we do not, nor have we heard them”. Mary answered and said, “What is hidden from you I will proclaim to you”. And she began to speak to them these words: “I”, she said, “I saw the Lord in a vision and I said to Him, Lord I saw you today in a vision”.