Who Was Mary Magdalene? And Why Do People today Assume She Was a Prostitute?


Couple of ladies from the Bible obtain as substantially press and intrigue from each Christians and non-Christians alike than Mary Magdalene. From Broadway hits such as Jesus Christ Superstar to Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code have study much more and stated much more about her previous than Scripture has indicated.

In this short article, we’ll talk about the accurate identity a single of the most notorious ladies who followed Jesus through his ministry, and we’ll expel well-known, false concepts that have arisen about her all through history.

What does the Bible say about her?

We only have a single hint at Mary Magdalene’s life prior to she followed Jesus. When He casts seven (or possibly much more) demons out of her, as Luke eight:1-three says, Mary Magdalene does a total turnaround and follows Jesus for the rest of His ministry.

Here’s what else we know about her:

  • Mary Magdalene, amongst a couple other ladies, financially supported Jesus and the disciples (Luke eight:1-three).

  • She witnessed Jesus’ death and was the initially particular person to see Him resurrected (John 20:11-18).

  • And she probably awaited the descent of the Holy Spirit just after Jesus ascended (Acts 1:14).

Aside from that, we do not have lots of clear specifics about her from Scripture.

False Stereotypes about Mary Magdalene

Western Christianity has assigned roles to Mary Magdalene which the historical particular person did not appear to fulfill. Western art and modern day media have falsely depicted Mary Magdalene as a prostitute and even as the wife of Jesus. Let’s appear deeper into theses false stereotypes.

1. Mary Magdalene was Jesus’s wife. (She wasn’t.)

For instance, some have stated Mary and Jesus had been either lovers and husband and wife. Some have point to a heretical document the size of a organization card recognized as “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” as proof for this.

Mary Magdalene did not marry Jesus. Not only would’ve this have been not possible thinking of He remained single all through His public ministry, but He ascended into Heaven just after His resurrection.

In addition, God would not marry humans. Not to mention if the Nephilim spoken of back in Genesis six:1-four had been in reality fallen angels (supernatural beings) who had kids with humans, then God saw the wickedness that came about from these unions. This article suggests a single of the factors the Wonderful Flood occurred was to wipe out the unnatural outcome of supernatural becoming and humans obtaining kids.

two. Mary Magdalene was a former prostitute. (She wasn’t.)

Mary Magdalene, as it appears according to Scripture, was probably not a prostitute. Some folks associate her with the prostitute who washes Jesus’ feet (Luke 7:36-50), but no biblical verse ties the two.

Some have also recommended Mary Magdalene is the ladies caught in adultery, but once more, Scripture does not give that lady a name (John eight:1-11).

Why do so lots of Christians claim Mary was a prostitute?

If no Scriptural proof straight ties her to this part, exactly where did the prostitute affiliation come from?

In the sixth century Pope Gregory the Wonderful authoritatively pronounced that the sinful lady described in Luke 7:36-50 was the similar particular person as Mary Magdalene. He even asserted that Mary Magdalene and Mary of Bethany had been the similar particular person. The Eastern Orthodox Church in no way linked Mary Magdalene’s identity with the sinful lady in Luke 7.

Mary Ann Beavis explained for Baylor University’s Center for Christian Ethics:

“Although Gregory did not essentially contact her a prostitute, he interpreted the ‘seven demons’ of which she had been exorcised as the totality of vices, and asserted that the ointment she utilized to anoint Jesus’ feet had previously been utilized by her to perfume her physique for sensual purposes. Subsequently, the legend of Mary Magdalene, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, as a stunning, vain, and lustful young lady saved from a life of sin by her devotion to Jesus became dominant in western (Catholic) Christianity, while the eastern (Orthodox) church continued to regard Mary Magdalene and Mary of Bethany as distinct saints, and identified neither with Luke’s sinner.”

Despite the fact that the Western church, considering the fact that the late 20th century, has attempted to undo the false representations of Mary in the previous, some of these misconceptions nonetheless linger, in particular in well-known culture.

Why does this matter?

1. It matters that we clarify Jesus in no way had a wife. God would in no way engage in sexual relations with His creation. He would take into account that to be an abomination. We have to have to eradicate any affiliation of Mary Magdalene as Jesus’ wife.

two. We have to have to make certain we have the historical information proper about something described in the Bible, even a thing that appears insignificant. Nonbelievers will nitpick Scriptures to attempt and uncover a thing inaccurate historically so they can attempt to disprove its credibility. If we have an inaccurate image of a thing even compact, they will use that as proof against the infallibility of Scripture.  

three. Mary is a radical character in the New Testament—the initially to witness the resurrection—and we have to make certain to get her story proper considering the fact that Christians and unbelievers alike appear fascinated with her. 

Despite the fact that, all in all, we can take away from Mary that she lived a life apart from God till she had an encounter with Jesus which radically changed her life. She went from a life oppressed by seven or much more demons to participating in Jesus’ ministry and witnessing the greatest miracle of all time.

Hope Bolinger is a literary agent at C.Y.L.E. and a graduate of Taylor University’s skilled writing system. A lot more than 350 of her functions have been featured in different publications ranging from Writer’s Digest to Keys for Little ones. She has worked for different publishing firms, magazines, newspapers, and literary agencies and has edited the operate of authors such as Jerry B. Jenkins and Michelle Medlock Adams. Her column “Hope’s Hacks,” guidelines and tricks to stay clear of writer’s block, reaches five,000+ readers weekly and is featured month-to-month on Cyle Young’s weblog. Her modern day-day Daniel, “Blaze,” (Illuminate YA) released June 2019 and the sequel releases a year from now. Obtain out much more about her right here.

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