Mary Magdalene : A Woman Of The New Testament

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Mary Magdalene is perhaps one of the most famous and surely also the most infamous woman of the New Testament. She was one of the most controversial women in the bible. During this time, women played a small and limited role in the social order. The Old Testament depicts a male-dominated society. Men are the rulers and the religious leaders in the bible, while woman are restricted to the household and do not hold any leadership roles. Throughout history, she has been the victim of gross injustice, having been attacked for being a woman, a sinner and a prostitute. These concerns may have affected the Christian view with regards to her being a person with apostolic authority. We do not know much about Mary Magdalene. The name Magdalene likely indicates that she came from Magdala, a city on the southwest coast of the Sea of Galilee. She was known for being a prostitute and associated with the “woman in the city who was a sinner” (Luke 7:37)(Hearon). The city of Magdala had a reputation for prostitution. In the scripture Luke 8:2// Mark 16:9, she is identified as having been cured of seven demons whom Jesus helped cast out. She then became one of his followers, traveling alongside him throughout Galilee. In the New Testament, Mary Magdalene holds a significant place in the Gospels, mainly in connection with Jesus’ crucifixion, burial, and resurrection (Schaberg). According to Mark and Matthew, she is present with a number of other women (Mark 15:40//Matt. 27:55-56), and she
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