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Friday, June 23, 2017
Date Posted:
3/10/2006

Da Vinci Code


What Is The Magdalene Myth?


British Church Newspaper

We may attempt to amalgamate the various theories as follows.

Luke 8:2 is the only direct inspired early mention of this lady when she was “healed of evil spirits and infirmities”.  This verse is supposed to conceal a secret double meaning describing Mary as Matrons (Latin for “Married Woman”).

Her position is supposed to be reflected in Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper where the Apostle John (really Mary Magdalene according to the theory) leans in a V away from Jesus to make the letter ‘M’ for Magdalene.

They claim that ‘Magdalene’ does not signify that she came from Magdala but indicates her high class status and suitability as co‑priestess to Jesus.  They point to Micah 4:8, “And thou O tower (migdal) of the flock, the stronghold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion: the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem”.

They claim that, “Bachelorhood was very rare for males of Jesus’ time, as it was generally regarded as a transgression of the first mitzvah (Divine Commandment), ‘Be fruitful and multiply’. It would have been unthinkable for an adult, unmarried Jew to travel about teaching as a rabbi.”  They quote I Corinthians 9:5, “Have we [Apostles] not power to lead about a . . . wife as the brethren of the Lord?”

Their marriage at Cana

They allege that when Jesus said at the marriage feast in Cana of Galilee “mine hour is not yet come” he was referring to his marriage.  Some even claim that Jesus was the bridegroom at Cana.  The two instances in the Gospel where Jesus is anointed by “a woman”, represent his betrothal to Mary Magdalene.  They say, referring to profane texts, “only as wife and priestess in her own right could Mary Magdalene have anointed both his head and feet with sacred ointment”.  Only by marriage could Mary Magdalene have secured the primacy exhibited in the lists of Marys and other women found for example in Matthew 27:56 and 61, Matthew 28:1, Mark 15:40, 47, Mark 16:1.

Supported of the Koran

They say that the most natural and legally proper person to visit Jesus’ tomb first (John 20:1) would be his wife. Likewise only Mary Magdalene, as his wife, could demand possession of his body – “I will take him away” John 20 15.

They claim that Jesus went on to have children after the crucifixion because a substitute, usually identified as Simon of Cyrene, died in His place.  They conjecture that, “the switch itself was probably made at the Crucifixion site . . . amidst the bustle of erecting crosses”.  They point out that the deception was favoured by observers being kept well back by Roman soldiers ‑ Luke 23 49, “all ... that followed him from Galilee stood afar off, beholding these things”.  They claim to receive added support from the Nag Hammadi Gnostic Gospel and the Koran.

They believe that John the Baptist and Jesus were two competing priestly lines and point to John 3:30, “He must increase and I must decrease”. They take John 1:14, “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us,” in a very literal sense.  Hence when in Acts 6:7 we read “the word of God increased” and Acts 12: 24, “The Word of God grew and multiplied,” we are being informed of the birth of the first and sawed of Jesus many children.

Mary ‘wrote John’s Gospel’

The theorists claim that Mary Magdalene is the authoress of John’s Gospel.  Where we read of the “beloved disciple” and “another disciple” and “the disciple whom Jesus loved” we are reading of Mary Magdalene. They exploit the fact that the authorship of John’s Gospel is already disputed by higher critics.  The theorists admit that the “beloved disciple” is “clearly male” but believe that this is only because the Christian male leadership became embarrassed about having a female founder.

Female leadership

In order to accommodate “mainstream” thinking, these leaders are alleged to have suppressed some of the more radical practices that Jesus taught them through his example “such as treating everyone with equal dignity and respect, including the sick, the poor, the oppressed, the outcast, and women.  Jesus apparently did not object to men and women sharing power and positions of leadership.  Some of his successors, however, were not courageous enough to be so radical.  So, in the case of the Gospel of John, the female Beloved Disciple had to become male.”

The theorists point to an early tradition that Mary Magdalene sallied from the Holy Land to the South of France.  Hence that is where the descendents of Jesus began to flourish as the ‘Holy Grail’ offspring.  This sacred lineage is supposed to lie behind the medieval French term, Sangraal (Holy Grail).  Those who coined Sangraal from sang (blood) and raal (royal) were, so they say, initiates into the secret.

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