What Do We Know About Mary Magdalene?

Mary Magdalene is one of the most mysterious figures in the bible. In the canonical gospel stories she is clearly presented as being close to Jesus. She is there with him at the crucifixion and she is the first to see him after the resurrection. We can see that she was clearly devoted to Jesus and he clearly trusted her. So then, why is so little said about her in the bible and why is even that usually omitted from lessons on the life and teachings of Jesus?

There has been a concerted effort on the part of the institutional church to silence her voice. Over the next few weeks I am going to share snippets of a conversation I had with my friend Kayleen Asbo. Kayleen is a Magdalene scholar and an incredibly insightful woman so I am very honoured to be able to share her wisdom with you. You can learn more about her and her work by checking out her website www.kayleenasbo.com

In the video below I asked Kayleen to help me get a better understanding of Mary. I have read the fragment of the gospel of Mary and the account of her life after the resurrection in the Golden Legend, but I still felt like I was missing something. Kayleen really helps to bring it all together. I hope you enjoy it!

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9 thoughts on “What Do We Know About Mary Magdalene?

  1. I loved the book, “The Moon Under Her Feet,” by Clysta Kinstler. It’s fiction, not scholarship, but it’s a beautiful story and it so plausibly ties up everything from the idea of the Magadelen as a prostitute, to legends of the Body of Christ being moved to the British Isles, to the Merovingian legends of heirs to Jesus, to a real twist ending.

  2. Hi
    My eyes were wide open when I read The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity – by Cynthia Bourgeault. It says more than I ever could about this subject. But , I will say, it has changed my view about Christoianity almost 100% for the better. Especially about something Cynthia has named ” The imaginal” I highly suggest reading this ( it is also on Audible )

  3. Mary Magdalen in the Church is called “Equal to the Apostles,” as was also all of the Myrrh Bearing Women. She was most definitely NOT the prostitute in the Gospels. That was St Photini (if I remember correctly) but not Mary M, one of the Myrrh Bearing Women. Now, Mary Magdalene? She witness to the Lord Jesus Christ, with the Theotokos, went as far as Greece and France.
    The antenician fathers spoke of her a lot.
    The Myrrh Bearing Women (she was one of them) were the first to know of the risen Christ. So going to the tomb they wept in pain, but leaving they wept in joy. Of course Mary Magdalen was one of them. If we contemplate what was going through the hearts and minds of the Myrrhbearers, it is really powerful. For one thing, God revealed His resurrection first TO WOMEN and NOT to men. That is a powerful witness and teaches us many things.

    The early fathers spoke extensively on this, and it is a wonderful read.

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