Mary Magdalene - What We Do Know
Mary Magdalene is mentioned by name more frequently in the gospels than most of the apostles are.
Magdalene is not her last name, but refers to her home town on the sea of Galilee, Magdala.
The gospels tell us that she had been afflicted by seven demons and cured by Jesus. She became one of the earliest and most devoted of his followers.
The vogue of portraying Magdalene as a prostitute has no historical foundation in the New Testament.
She seems to have been the leader of a group of women who traveled with Jesus. It is little known, but it was these women who financially supported Jesus' ministry out of their own resources.
When it became dangerous to be associated with Jesus and the apostles fled, it was Magdalene who stood by him.
All four gospels report that Mary Magdalene was present at Jesus' death: John 19:25; Mark 15:40-41, 47; Matthew 27:55-56, 61; Luke 23:49, 55-56.
And again after the resurrection, before dawn, it was Mary Magdalene who set out for the tomb to anoint the body of Jesus. The apostles by this time were in hiding. Each of the gospel writers includes Mary Magdalene among the group that went to the empty tomb: Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:1-6; Luke 24:1-3, 10; John 20:1-2
According to John, Jesus first appeared to Magdalene after his resurrection. She was the one who was looking for him on that Easter morning and it was her name which Jesus spoke: "Mary."
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