How Mary Magdalene Became A Whore Analysis

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Jacob Argersinger
RELG 101
Professor Elliott
11/10/14
Reading Response #4 Schaberg’s article “How Mary Magdalene Became a Whore” is trying to figure out how Mary Magdalene became a whore in the eyes of the audience. Schaberg proves her point by using examples from the Gospels to depict how such a claim could have taken place. The problem that the author runs into is that with the Gospels writings, it is hard telling how to comprehend it as to whether or not Mary Magdalene is in fact a whore. Schaberg proposes that Mary Magdalene is actually an importance to early Christian faith and that the Gospels’ lack of Mary Magdalene being mentioned creates a “cloak” that claims her to be a whore in which hides the fact that she was actually loyal, courageous
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She mourned the crucifixion, she goes to the tomb to find it empty and she had been sent to tell everyone that Jesus had been resurrected. All of these actions are ones that a disciple would have done; the only difference is Mary Magdalene does not acquire the label of a Gospel. Mary had been travelling with Jesus and his disciples, yet was never labelled as a disciple. Schaberg then claims that, a scholar, Ben Witherington concluded that some women that travelled with Jesus were not respectable people. The stuff women did to provide were things along the lines of household jobs; cooking, shopping, etc. Another example that Schaberg uses in her article is that it is claimed by some people that Mary Magdalene as well as the other women that followed Jesus were wealthy. Most members of the Jesus movement had been poor, but to jump to the conclusion that Mary Magdalene was wealthy because she participated in prostitution is an absurd allegation. This is in comparison to when people had assumed Mary Magdalene was a whore because Jesus exorcized seven demons from her. People are basing Mary Magdalene’s label by false claims and using the lack of evidence that they have to enforce her label of a…show more content…
Rather than focusing on her loyalty and passion, the reader instead focuses on sin and repentance. She had been there at the cross and at the tomb, yet nobody sees this as passion. They instead see it as a type of anointation to admit her sins a repent. According to some sources in the Bible, it is also claimed that Mary Magdalene was the first to see Jesus after the resurrection. I feel that Schaberg is trying to point out that if Mary Magdalene was a whore, then it would be highly unlikely that Jesus would first appear before her. The last bit of evidence that Schaberg points out is that the Gospels have purposely not told us about Mary Magdalene in a more in depth description. She had been travelling with Jesus and his disciples, yet the only mentions of her are at the tomb and at the resurrection of Jesus. I feel that Mary Magdalene was purposely left out because if they built her up to be a leader or a character with absolute importance, then the males would become humiliated; plus there was no sort of gender equality back then either, so a woman was either left out of the story or considered to be inferior to

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