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Mary Magdalene

John 20:18

“Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, I have seen the Lord! And she told them what He had said to her.” (HCSB)

 In the lyrics to the 1971 Rock Opera Jesus Christ Superstar, Tim Rice intimated that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were more than just friends. Today, a runaway best-seller The Da Vinci Code, goes much further than the Rock Opera.  Though I haven’t read the book, I have glanced at a few reviews and thumbed through an electronic copy of it on Amazon.com.  According to the critics, it is a well-written piece of fiction.  I underscore the word fiction.  One editorial review describes it this way “A murder in the silent after-hour halls of the Louvre museum reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a clandestine society since the days of Christ.”  On page 244 of the book, the author, Dan Brown claims that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene.  This assertion, just like the intimation made by Rice in his Rock Opera is void of any valid biblical, extra-biblical or historical evidence.  Karen Leigh King, a Harvard professor says, “there’s no historical information whatsoever that either of them was married, let alone to each other.” 

 In his book, Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code: A Historian Reveals What We Really Know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Constantine, Bart D. Ehrman, chair of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, explores the issue by careful examination of extra biblical and historical material and says, "This view that Jesus had an especially close relationship with Mary has its ancient roots in some of our second and third-century sources, such as the Gospels of Philip and Mary...(though I should emphasize that even in these sources Jesus is never said to be married to Mary...)." 
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I’m not thrilled with the kind of speculation these fictional works cause, except there they become the darkness that sheds light on the truth.  Mary Magdalene wasn’t Jesus’ wife, but she was an amazing woman. 

 Mary Magdalene was a generous supporter of Jesus’ ministry. Luke 8:2 says “and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses: Mary, called Magdalene (seven demons had come out of her); [3] Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herods steward; Susanna; and many others who were supporting them from their possessions.”  (HCSB) 

 Why was she generous?  I don’t know all the reasons, but I suspect she gave much because she’d received much.  I have no idea the torment she experienced under the control of the evil spirits that possessed her, but I do know that she was grateful to God for her deliverance.  She gave out of gratitude 

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