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Was Mary Magdalene a Prostitute?

Mary Magdalene Washes Jesus Feet

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Mary Magdalene Washes Jesus' Feet With Her Hair

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: Martha’s sister Mary and an unnamed sinner in Luke’s 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 wasn’t until 1969 that the Catholic Church reversed course.
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