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Was Mary Magdalene an Apostle of Jesus Christ?

Mary Magdalene Weeps at Jesus' Empty Tomb, 1927

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Mary Magdalene Weeps at Jesus' Empty Tomb, 1927

Mary Magdalene Weeps at Jesus' Empty Tomb, 1927

Mary Magdalene’s role in the canonical gospels is small; in noncanonical gospels like Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Philip and the Acts of Peter, she plays a prominent role — often asking intelligent questions when all the other disciples are confused. Jesus is depicted as loving her more than any of the others because of her understanding. Some readers have interpreted Jesus “love” here as physical, not just spiritual, and hence that Jeusa and Mary Magdalene were intimate — if not married.
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