Who was Mary Magdalene?

Who was Mary Magdalene? In encyclopedias mentioned very briefly: Mary Magdalene - Magdalene, one of the Myrrh-bearers, was healed by Jesus Christ from the disease - seven demons, was a preacher.

And to this day, Mary Magdalene, judging by the canonical Gospels, remains the most mysterious and enigmatic figure. In describing the life of the Savior about it is mentioned only once and only in the Gospel of Luke, which says about her healing ministry and 1,111,112. Joshua [/url] their substance.

But all four Gospels, that it is among other women (but almost everywhere it's name is mentioned first) was present at the crucifixion of Christ, sitting at his tomb, first found the tomb empty, and she first appeared risen Savior. The role of Mary Magdalene in the development of early Christianity is certain and confirmed by many written sources of that time, despite the deafening silence about this woman in 1,111,114. New Testament, [/url] .

In general, the huge contribution made by women in the development of early Christianity, was kept to a minimum the church throughout its history, although it is only women have witnessed the resurrection of Jesus, and testified about it before the others. Today, many believe that the Gospel of John, the latest of the four canonical by the date published, composed not St. John Zebedee (Evangelist), and refers in the text of the Gospel "beloved disciple", whose name somehow kept secret.

In the tradition of the time the author was regarded as not the one who was holding a pen, but the one whose thoughts and ideas reflected in it. Judging by the text of the Gospel of John, its author was a direct participant in many events described in it, the faithful and from a historical point of view. Was withholding of the protection of the "beloved disciple" of persecution? That seems unlikely. When the final version of the Gospel of John, saw the light, "beloved disciple" died. A scriptwriter could not know the name of the "beloved disciple, to preach with him. Here is hidden some riddle. Mary Magdalene was a real historical figure. But the reality is, apparently, not everybody seemed to taste, judging by the fact that its role is challenged himself, St. Peter.

In the last decade, the Western press and the cinema began to focus on religious topics, especially the person of Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene and their relationships. And, as always, there are many lies and innuendo, particularly in regard to Mary Magdalene. Their sources were the differences between Catholic, Orthodox and other traditions 1,111,116. Christianity [/url] As well as newly discovered apocryphal (banned church) texts in which Mary Magdalene appears in quite a different light. It became clear that the canonical Christian literature very much, to put it mildly, "Podpravlena" in the direction of the demotion and distortion moral character of this great woman. However, based on the new ancient sources, the media themselves admit a lot of hype, speculation and distortion, to give early Christian history hue sensationalism.

At the same time in the twentieth century, found in ancient apocryphal documents, including those that are dated the end of the first century AD, Mary Magdalene, no doubt, is identified with the "beloved disciple." Especially distinctly it sounds in the Gospel of Philip, Mary Magdalene, which repeatedly called the "beloved disciple" and companion of the Savior. Apparently, in the canonical Gospels, in those places where it was possible, the name "Mary Magdalene" has been replaced by "beloved disciple" or "other disciple". Recognition of Mary Magdalene the actual author of the Fourth Gospel does not call into question its apostolic origin. Even the Roman Catholic Church, attributed to Mary Magdalene in the VI century BC a kind of "wickedness", as in the New Testament there is no mention, awarded her the name "Apostle of the Apostles" because Maria first heralded the resurrection of Christ, and subsequently firmly defended 1,111,118. truth [/url] this fact.

In Orthodoxy, Mary Magdalene is venerated as a holy Equal of the Apostles, which, after the crucifixion of the Savior, together with his mother went to St. John the Divine, and helped him in his writings. The Bible also says that Mary Magdalene preached the gospel in Rome (Epistle of Paul to the Romans 16:6). She even took the emperor, as her story was confirmed by a written report of the procurator of Judea, Pontius Pilate.

It should be clear that a number of his followers Jesus Christ singled out 12 people's inner circle (the number of the tribes of Israel) and the 70 people known to him by the number of people of the world, announced their apostles and entrusted to carry the New Testament people (apostle - a follower, a zealous follower of the idea). And the words of the Apostles was written many biographies of Jesus Christ with the basics of his teachings. Of the apostles, only 12 were directly His disciples, and later they were students, so in the written sources of that time contained many contradictions and discrepancies.

Among the most complete biographies of the church chose 4 containing the least controversy, and the rest announced apocrypha, that is prohibited. Ironically, in the four canonical Gospels contain very few references to Mary Magdalene. But in the surviving Apocrypha says that Jesus is different from Mary Magdalene among his students, he loved her more than them. He confided to her what is not said to the other, as she knew him better than others, unconditionally believed in him, unlike others. So she could say more, and most important.

There is evidence that the legendary Holy Grail, or the Holy Grail - it's not a golden cup with jewels, where one of the apostles allegedly collected the blood from the wounds of the crucified Savior (this is unlikely because of the poor apostles could not have jewels, and they themselves in fear of running away and hiding, as the Apostle Peter in this case three times solemnly denied Christ) and Christ's daughter Sarah, born after the penalty, which Mary Magdalene hid a trusted men in the south of France.

In this area, built a lot of cathedrals and churches dedicated to Mary Magdalene. Sarah had a numerous progeny, which was associated with a royal dynasty of the Merovingians. Interestingly, Lady Diana, former wife of Prince Charles, has been carefully chosen to continue the race of English kings, precisely because it is - a descendant of the Merovingians. And it is now possible to calculate the English crown your family is not from some predatory conquerors, the Vikings, and from Jesus Christ himself.

We must remember that Mary Magdalene is not only followed Jesus and was the first witness of His Resurrection . She was a leader of early Christianity, and played an important role in it. She was a personal and beloved disciple of Christ. She was the only one of the Disciples of Christ, found the courage to witness the execution, while other students ran away and hid. It was Mary Magdalene first saw the resurrection of Christ and convinced the rest of this. And because it challenged the role of the apostle Peter himself, it was in Christianity is no less important than all the 12 apostles.

Mary Magdalene really stood out among the disciples of Christ, if only because it was a woman, but in those days it was very unusual. And it is this remarkable woman, convinced everyone in the Resurrection of Christ, made Christianity the world religion. This, of course, aroused jealousy of other disciples of Christ, which it clearly superior to his intellect and knowledge, so they (Andrew, Peter and others) have repeatedly demanded to remove Mary Magdalene out of the encirclement of Christ. But while the Savior was alive, they were forced to endure, and even turned to her for clarification. But after many centuries the name of Mary Magdalene was subjected to defamation, its role in every way diminished. In Orthodoxy as slander against her has never happened before, though it did not deserve to pay tribute. And it is good that the positive memory of her, of her deeds are returned.