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Mary Magdalene

Throughout history and especially since the release of the book Da Vinci Code, there have been all kinds of theories about Mary Magdalene's life and what contributions did she make to our understanding of Jesus Christ's life and ministry as well as our understanding of the roles women played in Christianity's history. While there are numerous books and articles that abound on the life of Mary Magdalene, the earliest sources where we can learn more about Mary Magdalene are the four gospels of the Bible; Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Mary Magdalene
Mary Magdalene

Within these gospels, we can get a better picture of how Jesus Christ interacted with not only Mary Magdalene, but other women during His earthly ministry. Some may be surprised to realize that Jesus Christ actually held women in great esteem and throughout His ministry. He healed and ministered to women.

Some examples of this include the Samaritan woman who He ministered to in John chapter 4, the time when He healed Lazarus, who was the brother of Mary and Martha in John chapter 11, and His forgiveness of the woman who was caught in adultery in John chapter 8. And in Ephesians 5, the apostle Paul commands husbands to love their wives just as Christ loves His church (meaning believers in Christ). In other words, the way Christ loved humanity unconditionally, the husbands are to love their wives similarly. Now we're going to examine Mary Magdalene more carefully.

Mary Magdalene came from the town of Magdala. She first encountered Jesus when He healed her of demonic possession, and she became His faithful disciple from that point on. Contrary to what some religious and secular scholars have said, Mary Magdalene herself was not a prostitute although her hometown in Magdala was known for prostitution.

Mary Magdalene witnessed the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and she was the first person who witnessed Jesus Christ after His resurrection from the dead. In addition to this, she was the one who told His other disciples that He rose from the dead.

So we see here that women played an important role throughout the history of Christianity. Too often, Christianity has been viewed as a patriarchal system designed to oppress women, but as the life of Mary Magdalene and other women in the Bible show, this is not really true. For example, in Romans 16:3, the apostle Paul refers to a woman named Priscilla as his fellow laborer in his missionary work to spread the gospel of Christ.

And in the early church, some of the apostles met in the homes of women for fellowship and prayer. The oppression of women throughout history most likely didn't come from genuine Christian men because much of the New Testament warns men against harsh treatment of their wives. It may have come from men who used Christianity as their justification for this oppression, but Jesus Christ would have been opposed to harsh treatment and misogynistic views towards women. And this is the main lesson we should all learn from the role Mary Magdalene played as one of the most famous women in Christianity's history.

There is a secret you don't know …

Besides the factual Mary Magdalene biography presented above there is a juicy little secret you just must know about. The secret about Mary is that she is the first one in history to suggest that Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh be put on anti-depressants. True story.


 

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