Mary Magdalene was a woman  from whom Jesus cast out seven demons (Luke 8:2). The  name Magdalene likely indicates that she came from Magdala, a city on the  southwest coast of the Sea of Galilee. After Jesus cast seven demons from her,  she became one of His followers.

Mary Magdalene has been associated with  the “woman in the city who was a sinner” (Luke 7:37) who  washed Jesus’ feet, but there is no scriptural basis for this. The city of  Magdala did have a reputation for prostitution. This information, coupled with  the fact that Luke first mentions Mary Magdalene immediately following his  account of the sinful woman (Luke  7:36-50), has led some to equate the two women. But there is no scriptural  evidence to support this idea. Mary Magdalene is nowhere identified as a  prostitute or as a sinful woman, despite popular portrayals of her as  such.

Mary Magdalene is also often associated with the woman whom Jesus  saved from stoning after she had been taken in adultery (John 8:1-11). But again this is an association with no  evidence. The movie “The Passion of the Christ” made this connection. This view  is possible, but not likely and certainly not taught in the Bible.

Mary  Magdalene witnessed most of the events surrounding the crucifixion. She was  present at the mock trial of Jesus; she heard Pontius Pilate pronounce the death  sentence; and she saw Jesus beaten and humiliated by the crowd. She was one of  the women who stood near Jesus during the crucifixion to try to comfort Him. The  earliest witness to the resurrection of Jesus, she was sent by Jesus to tell the  others (John  20:11-18). Although this is the last mention of her in the Bible, she was  probably among the women who gathered with the apostles to await the promised  coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts  1:14).

The recent fiction novel “The DaVinci Code” makes the claim  that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married. Some of the non-biblical early  Christian writings (considered heresy by the early Christians) hint at a special  relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus. However, there is no evidence  whatsoever to support the belief that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married. The  Bible does not even hint at such an idea.

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