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When is Mary Magdalene First Mentioned In The Bible?

I was simply wondering where Mary Magdelene was introduced in the Bible. I would also love to know what you think about the hype that she and Jesus had more of a connection than the church led/leads on. But that is a secondary question, so if you do not have time/effort, my real question is where was she introduced.

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Lincoln A

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Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene is first mentioned in the writings of the Bible in Matthew 27:56.  On a timeline of Biblical events she is mentioned in Luke 8:2 as one of the women who “ministered unto him of their substance.”

What about all these guesses that she was actually the woman adulterer who washed Christ with her tears, that she married him, that she is the sister of Lazarus?

Here are the facts as the Bible gives them.

Christ delivered her from evil spirits; seven devils went out of her.  She, with others,  gave financial support to Jesus out of gratitude (Luke 8: 2-4)
She was with Christ as he suffered on the cross. (John 19:25)
She remained by the cross till the end and waited till the body was taken down and placed in the garden sepulchre of Joseph of Arimathaea, (Matthew 27:61; Mark 15:47; Luke 23:55)
With Salome and Mary the mother of James, she “bought sweet spices that they might come and anoint” the body. (Mark 16:1)
She was with Mary the mother of James at the sepulchre early the next morning (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:2)
Mary Magdalene had been to the tomb, found it empty, and saw the angels who explained that he was not there. (Matthew 28:5; Mark 16:6)
Jesus appeared to her first after his resurrection. (John 20:14,15)

In each of the cases above the writer makes clear, he is writing of Mary Magdalene.   Nowhere is her name used to suggest that she was the repentant sinner, married to Jesus or the sister of Lazarus.  Just as there are many Jennifers, Heathers and other common female names today so were there many Marys in the Bible.


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5 thoughts on “When is Mary Magdalene First Mentioned In The Bible?

  1. Was Mary Magdalene the Woman mentioned in Luke 7 who washed Jesus feet with her tears,used rare Perfume and dryed His feet with her hair,Also,was Mary Magdalene the Woman who was caught in Adultery in John 8 that almost got stoned to death until Jesus stopped them.

    1. No. This is the conflation put forth by Pope Gregory in 591CE.

  2. Of all the characters in the bible Mary Magdalene is the only one who never doubted. We can only thrive to have that type of relationship with our Lord.

  3. No. Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, was the woman who washed Jesus’ feet and body, using Perfume worth a week’s wages, and dried Him with her hair. She did this for two reasons: to give Him gratitude for raising her brother Lazarus from the dead, as well as to prepare Jesus’ body for burial. She was one of the few, if any other, who understood that He was going to be dying. The deciples did not, regardless of the fact that Jesus had told them several times. They simply did not understand, which is why one of the deciples was so against her using the expensive perfume on him rather than giving that money to the poor. But Jesus replied to the deciple that they would always have the poor; but they would not always have Him.

  4. Jenny kotaska , your confusing two separate occasions. Jesus was anointed on his feet, before the beheading of John the Baptist by a sinful woman out of gratitude (Luke 7:36). And the other anointing on his head, by an unknown woman, two days before Jesus was crucified. This anointing was to prepare his body for burial (John 12) . There are so many hints from location ,to details of the incident, to the time frame , indicating two separate events. I’ve Been studying Jesus and Mary Magdalene in the Bible and am finding out that there are several Mary’s and Magdalene is where she is from. Martha’s sister Mary is a different From Mary Magdalene.

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