Throughout history Mary Magdalene has always been a controversial figure. She has been conflated with numerous other Marys in the Gospels. She has been thought of as a prostitute, as perpetuated by Pope Gregory in the year 591 CE. She was a follower of Jesus and thought to be a woman of means who financed Jesus's ministry.
Who was Mary Magdalene and what was her actual relationship to Jesus the Christ? We can look to the biblical records, sacred texts, historical records, sociology and customs of the times to assemble what could be the most probable by taking into account all the pieces of this mosaic puzzle. It is my intention to demonstrate through my research that Mary Magdalene was most likely the wife of Jesus Christ and most certainly that she was the unnamed beloved disciple of the canonical gospels.
|Advisor:||Jones, F. Stanley|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, Religious history, Womens studies|
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