Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Feast of Mary Magdalene

Today is the feast day of Mary Magdalene. Her story, or the story of her stories, is rather fascinating. Called "apostle to the apostles," she was a prominent single woman within Jesus' inner circle and a leading figure after his death. Over time her prominent position became troubling as the Church merged with mainstream ancient society, placing her at the margins, and eventually figuring her as a prostitute or the "woman caught in adultery" in later times.

For a discussion of these traditions, see April DeConick at Forbidden Gospels and Deidre Good at Not Being a Sausage.

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