30 March 2018

Long-maligned Mary Magdalene now seen as stalwart disciple

By Alon Bernstein and Isaac Scharf, Associated Press
MAGDALA, Israel — Mar 30, 2018, 9:17 AM ET

In this Tuesday, March 27, 2018 photo, a sculpture of Mary Magdalene and Jesus on display at the Magdala center, on the Sea of Galilee in Migdal. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

If there's a feminist figure from the Bible for the #MeToo era, it could very well be Mary Magdalene.

The major character in the life of Jesus was long maligned in the West and portrayed as a reformed former prostitute. But scholars have adopted a different approach more recently, viewing her as a strong, independent woman who supported Jesus financially and spiritually. [Read more...]

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