Was Mary Magdalene a Prostitute?
Mary Magdalene Washes Jesus Feet
By Austin Cline
Mary Magdalene Washes Jesus' Feet With Her Hair
Mary Magdalene is mentioned in all four of the canonical gospels, but nowhere is she described as a prostitute. This popular image of Mary comes from confusion between here and two other women: Marthas sister Mary and an unnamed sinner in Lukes gospel (7:36-50). Both of these women wash Jesus feet with their hair. Pope Gregory the Great declared that all three women were the same person and it wasnt until 1969 that the Catholic Church reversed course.