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#1 2018-08-04 14:29:12

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Mary Magdalene was "a wealthy woman" and not a prostitute
An investigation at the site of Magdala reveals information about her life


Patricia. R. Blanco

Madrid 3 AGO 2018 - 12:55    CEST

Mary Magdalene was "a wealthy, influential and key woman" in the life of Jesus Christ. This is one of the conclusions of the investigating Jennifer Ristine in Mary Magdalene: insights from ancient Magdala , a book presented last July 22 that tries to unravel the mysteries of the woman whom the Catholic Church crossed for centuries adulteress and prostitute. The integration of biblical and historical with recent archaeological discoveries made in the city of Magdala (current Migdal, Israel), where it is believed he was born, references have allowed Ristine reconstruct part of their profile.

"During times of Mary Magdalene, Magdala was already a prosperous town in the fish industry , " said Ristine, director of the Institute of Magdalena , in an email interview. The first excavations were made in the seventies. But it was in 2009 when the Legionaries of Christ purchased land in the area and "discovered the northern part of the town of Magdala". "A synagogue of the first century, a representation of the temple of Jerusalem stone [Stone Magdala], ritual purification baths, domestic houses and a port were found , " Ristine said.

Jennifer Ristine, author of 'Mary Magdalene: insights from ancient Magdala' is a consecrated woman and a member of Regnum Christi Movement. Originally from Chicago, currently he heads the Institute Magdalena in Magdala (Israel). "My conclusions are not necessarily new. What is unique in this narrative is the integration of archeology in a historical and geographical in the life of Mary Magdalene context, "she says.

But what it was or was not a prostitute? Ristine considers that there have been "many misinterpretations in the life of Mary Magdalene." Archaeological finds from the biblical town of Magdala, now an archaeological site with more than 2,000 years old, suggest that it was a rich enclave. And in this context by integrating biblical references we can deduce that Mary Magdalene was "a wealthy woman from an economically well positioned people" and not necessarily a prostitute, adds the author. This idea is reaffirmed, for example, in the verses of Luke VIII: 1-3: "Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, preaching and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom of God, and the twelve with him and some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom went seven demons; Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod's steward; Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him with their goods ".

The Catholic Church has recognized the sanctity of Magdalena and proclaimed a saint. In 2016 the pope named Francisco apostola apostolurum , "the apostle to the apostles" not in vain, according to the Bible, was the first to see the risen Jesus and since then his feast is celebrated on July 22. And yet, it was Pope Gregory the Great, in the year 591, one of the inductors of the epithet "prostitute" when in his homily 33 said: "One whom the Evangelist Luke calls the sinful woman is the Mary of which They are expelled seven demons, and what they mean these seven demons, if not all vices. " With this statement, the Pope made a merger of the three Marias: Mary the sinner, "who anoints the feet of the Lord"; Mary of Magdala, freed from seven demons by Jesus and among women attending him; and Mary of Bethany, sister of Martha and Lazarus. "The Eastern Church believes that there are three different women, while the Western Church firmly believes in identifying them as the same woman, Mary Magdalene , " says Jennifer Ristine.

But it was not solely responsible Gregorio Magno. According to the researcher, some authors have partnered with a woman mentioned in the second century in the Talmud and called "Miriam Megaddlela" which means Mary with braided hair. "In the Jewish community that title could be awarded to a woman of ill repute, an adulteress or prostitute," he adds.

Regardless of whether or not it was a prostitute, a stigma which have attempted to free her feminist movements, "Mary Magdalene was an influential woman both economically and socially; economically because it was a wealthy woman, and socially because despite growing up and living in a strict religious society, decides to break schemes and follow Jesus "considers Ristine, who believes that Magdala is first and foremost a" leadership model for women. "

And there is still much to discover about her. Only it excavated 15% of ancient Magdala, so that by Jennifer Ristine, future archaeological findings may help reveal more details about the religious background of the birthplace of Mary Magdalene and disclose facts and truths of one of the characters more mysterious of the Gospels.

This is an online translation into English from the original article published in El País: … 68771.html


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