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.
Thank you very much
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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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