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Mary of Magdala


Ascended Lady Master Nada

In the realms of spirit, Mary of Magdala is known as the Ascended Lady Master Nada. She serves as Chohan of the 6th Ray of Devotion/Service, a position formerly held by her twin flame, Ascended Master Jesus. Nada also serves as one of eight members on the Karmic Board, a board made up of Ascended Masters and cosmic beings who administer justice to the system of worlds.

 

Mary of Magdala As Seen In The Ancient Texts

MARY OF MAGDALA
A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN
Nancy B. Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.

"Who can find a diligent woman? For her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts in her, and her food supplies never diminish.  She stretches out her hands to the poor; yea, she stretches forth her arms to the needy. The members of her household are not afraid of snow; for all of them are clothed with scarlet; her clothing is silk and purple. She makes fine linen, and sells it; and delivers girdles to the merchants.  Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom; and upon her tongue is the law of kindness. Her children rise up and call her blessed; and her husband also praises her.  Many daughters have become rich, but you have excelled them all.  A woman who reverences the Lord shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gate."

Excerpts from Proverbs 31

 

MINISTERS: I used this lesson in a mainline church as an introduction to newfound truths regarding Mary of Magdala. I did so with the prayer that members of the congregation would be stimulated to research on their own and find additional truths. Although my research reveals that Jesus and Mary of Magdala were married and had at least one child, I did not mention this fact, hoping that through their research they would come to the same conclusion. Much truth is being revealed and I encourage you to be open to guiding your congregation in finding truth-not through ignoring or denying the newly proclaimed truth-but by looking at all the facts and coming to your own prayerful conclusions.

We live in a time of tremendous change. In the midst of listening to the news of war, hatred, starvation, and poverty, we wonder, "Why do things have to be this way?"

This one question can be the beginning of waking up to what could be. If we are listening, we can hear the Holy Spirit's answer, "There is a better way." As we begin to think in terms of how life could be improved, we embark on an exciting journey of discovery. These discoveries impact every area of our lives.

One of the most valuable for students of the Bible is the finding of thousands of ancient documents that enhance our understanding of the Scriptures. We tend to think of persons mentioned in the Bible as characters in a story and expect that nothing more is known about them. We forget that they played an important role in the history of humanity, that they had a life beyond that depicted in the Bible. Studying the secular historical accounts of the biblical characters is like acquiring more information about Maya Angelo or Oprah Winfrey. The more we learn, the more we understand these women and the role they are playing in present day black history. Knowing their personal history enhances our understanding of life as we experience it today. It gives us hope for the role women are to play in bringing about a better world to bequeath to our children and grandchildren.

It is the same with the diligent woman described in Proverbs 31 and with Mary of Magdala. Listen to the description of the diligent woman found in Proverbs 31.

She opens her mouth with wisdom; and upon her tongue is the law of kindness.. Many daughters have become rich, but you have excelled them all.. A woman who reverences the Lord shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gate.

In ancient times, cities were surrounded with a thick wall of stone for protection from warring tribes and wild animals. The elders made themselves available to the people by sitting near the gate to the city. The diligent woman's husband was an elder and was well known in the cities. Likewise, so was the woman as revealed in the words of Proverbs: let her own works praise her in the gate. Even though the ancient Middle Eastern culture forced many women into a subservient role to men, the Bible provides examples of outstanding women who played a major role in changing history. Within the Bible, we see how men and women can work together to bring about great things: a very wise, successful family in the case of the diligent woman and her husband - and - a never-to-be-forgotten ministry in the case of Mary of Magdala as a disciple of Jesus the Christ.

Today, I would like to tell you the story of Mary of Magdala. Listen to the words of George Jowett, author of a book based on his research of ancient documents found in the Vatican Library. This book is entitled The Drama of the Lost Disciples. He speaks of Mary of Magdala's life in France, where she migrated following the ascension of Jesus.

The area [meaning France] is saturated with her memory. Mary's classic beauty and her rich voice, extolled in reverence and pleasure by all who knew her, endeared her so deeply to the hearts of people among whom she labored that she was adored as a Saint before she died. Her undying devotion to her Lord throbbed through her teachings of the Word. The most hardened soul melted to her preaching, and she converted . "multitudes to the faith." The ancient documents resound with her glory.

Mary of Magdala presents a valuable example for women. She was born into a wealthy family and grew up in a small rural town called Magdala, located on the banks of the Sea of Galilee. Magdala was located near Capernaum, the seaside city to which Jesus moved when he realized that the people of Nazareth could not accept his teachings. Although Jesus taught in the synagogues throughout Galilee, including the one in Magdala, Mary of Magdala first met Jesus at the home of Peter in Capernaum. Peter's wife, Petronilla, was wealthy and, like Mary of Magdala, very beautiful. Peter and Petronilla's home is located on the banks of the Sea of Galilee, close to the site of the ancient synagogue in which Jesus taught. Archaelogists have uncovered the remains, revealing the brilliant, artistically painted tile floors and spacious rooms of a wealthy family's home. It is likely that Mary of Magdala and Petronilla had been friends for years and frequently visited in each other's home. Petronilla was a loyal participant within Peter's ministry; dying as a martyr beside her husband. Peter's last words to his wife were, "Remember the Christ."

The day Mary of Magdala first met Jesus, she was wearing gorgeous clothes, her hair scented with perfume, and she wore a very expensive necklace. Jesus was no stranger to riches. His great uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, was one of the most wealthy men in the ancient world. He owned tin mines in England and a vast fleet of merchant ships. Jesus had traveled throughout the world with his uncle, who had become his guardian after Jesus'earthly father, Joseph, died. Throughout his ministry, Jesus enjoyed the advantages of having a wealthy family and friends while he chose to spend his time healing and preaching.

As Jesus and Mary of Magdala talked during their first meeting, she was so impressed with his spiritual presence, the sound of his voice, the light shining in his eyes that she dedicated her life to following Him. From that moment on, she was a vital part of Jesus' ministry.

Upon seeing Jesus, Mary of Magdala was transformed from a woman who displayed her material wealth to a woman dedicated to walking the dusty, rocky roads of Galilee and Judea, assisting Jesus in his ministry. This transformation is very likely what the gospel writers are referring to when they state Jesus healed Mary of the seven demons. Our demons are those things that prevent us from living as a pure expression of God's love. Jealousy, envy, and an exclusive focus on materialism are examples of our demons. Once we are healed of our demons, we are free to express God's love in everything we do and say.

Mary of Magdala became the leader of a group of wealthy women who traveled with Jesus and supported his ministry. The great respect given to her is revealed in the fact that her name is mentioned first in all but one biblical reference that relates the names of the women assisting with Jesus' ministry. Of all the disciples, male and female, Mary of Magdala best understood the teachings of Jesus. When we are healed of our demons, we become more open to the teachings of the Holy Spirit; we can listen to Spirit without allowing our own desires or fears to get in the way. The Apostle Paul describes the healing of our demons in I Corinthians 13.

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a mirror, darkly; but then face to face. Now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

Mary of Magdala came face to face with Jesus and instantly put away childish things. In the presence of Jesus, she was healed of her demons and could understand his teachings more completely than the other disciples. Mary of Magdala understood there is a better way for our world. The teachings of Jesus show us that Way. By the end of his ministry, Jesus had taught Mary of Magdala advanced knowledge that the other disciples were not spiritually ready to hear and understand. Mary of Magdala possessed the ears to hear and the eyes to see a better way.

Because Mary of Magdala understood Jesus' more advanced teachings, she could assist him in ways the others could not. While the other disciples could not comprehend Jesus' prophecies that he must die and be resurrected, Mary of Magdala understood. Shortly before his death, Jesus and his disciples were celebrating the Passover feast in the home of Simon, a leper whom Jesus had healed. During the feast, a woman anointed Jesus' head with very expensive perfume. Although the gospel accounts of this anointing vary in detail, or may actually be describing several anointing events, most biblical scholars agree that the woman in Mark 14 was Mary of Magdala. Jesus explains her actions: She anointed my body in advance as for the burial. Mary of Magdala understood what others could not-she anointed Jesus' head as a means of consecrating Jesus for a holy purpose. In the ancient Middle East, anointing the head was a means of investing someone with power, like anointing a king. Mary of Magdala understood she was anointing Jesus in preparation for his burial and resurrection into the spiritual kingdom as King of Kings. Jesus explained Mary of Magdala's actions: And truly I say to you, wherever this my gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told as a memorial to her. (Mark 14:9) Jesus knew that Mary of Magdala's action was to be honored as part of the gospel story. Both the diligent woman in Proverbs and Mary of Magdala are to be honored for their own works.

By anointing his head with oil, Mary of Magdala prepared Jesus for his ultimate mission, then walked with him throughout his painful ordeal. She remained with Jesus while he hung on the cross until his uncle, Joseph of Arimathea, had the soldiers remove his body and place it in his tomb. It was to Mary of Magdala that the resurrected Jesus first appeared. Jesus gave to Mary of Magdala a message to take to the other disciples. The first person to recognize Jesus as the risen Lord was Mary of Magdala. She was the first to share the news of Jesus' resurrection with the disciples. Mary of Magdala became the earthly messenger through whom Jesus continued to teach his disciples.

After Jesus' ascension, the lives of Jesus' family and disciples were in danger. Joseph of Arimathea boarded Mary (mother of Jesus), Mary of Magdala, Jesus' Bethany friends-Lazurus, Martha, and Mary-and others on one of his ships; they sailed to France. From France, they traveled to England where Joseph of Arimathea maintained a home. There they established the first Christian church in Glastonbury, England. Eventually, Mary of Magdala returned to France, to a small town near Marseilles. She remained in France and earned the reputation for being a living Saint. It is here that she taught the people what she had learned from Jesus. She died a natural death and was later granted official sainthood by the Catholic Church in Rome.

In the life of Mary of Magdala, we behold a woman of great statue whose name Jesus promised would be honored whenever the gospel story was told. She met Jesus face to face and was transformed. She spent the rest of her life in his ministry. Mary of Magdala was a true disciple of Christ.

What can we learn from Proverbs' diligent woman and Mary of Magdala? Both are honored thousands of years after their death because they offer us examples of a woman who used her talents to serve others and did so successfully. Both earned a reputation for wisdom, for dedication, and for serving others in ways that expressed their true nature.

On this day set aside for honoring women, may each of you offer your lives in faithful service to the Christ, using the talents that are yours. May each of you be honored for who you are as a unique woman called to participate in the ministry of Jesus the Christ.

AMEN.

 

MARY OF MAGDALA
AS SEEN IN THE ANCIENT TEXTS

Compilation & Comments
Nancy B. Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.

 

THE BIBLE

Quotes taken from Lamsa's translation from the Aramaic of the Peshitta

 Gospel of Matthew - written by an unknown Jewish Christian in Antioch, Syria around 90 C.E. (A.D.).

Gospel of Mark - Early church tradition attributes the authorship to Mark, a companion of the Apostle Paul in Rome around 70 C.E. (A.D.).

Gospel of Luke - Early church tradition attributes the authorship to Luke, a companion of the Apostle Paul most likely in southern Greece around 80-90 C.E. (A.D.).

Gospel of John - This gospel is very different from the synoptic gospels. The author of this gospel remains a mystery and is simply attributed to "the beloved disciple." With the newly proclaimed evidence of Mary of Magdala's role in the ministry of Jesus and her intimate relationship with him, she could easily be "the beloved disciple" who wrote the Gospel of John. An excellent article on this subject may be found at the following URL:  www.BelovedDisciple.org

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Mary of Magdala played a major role in the ministry of Jesus. She was accepted as the leader of a group of wealthy women who followed and served Jesus. Her name is listed first in every listing of the women who accompanied Jesus. These lists read as follows:

Following the crucifixion: "There were also many women there, who were looking from afar, those who had followed Jesus from Galilee, and who used to minister to him. One of them was Mary of Magdala; and the others were Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee."

"So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a shroud of fine linen, and laid it in his own new tomb which was hewn in a rock; and they rolled a large stone, and placed it against the door of the tomb and went away. And there were there Mary of Magdala and the other Mary, who were sitting opposite the tomb."

"In the evening of the Sabbath, when the first day of the week began to dawn, there came Mary of Magdala and the other Mary to see the tomb."

Matthew 27:55-56, 61; 28:1

Following the crucifixion: "There were also women who were looking from afar, Mary of Magdala, and Mary the mother James, the young and of Joses, and Salome; who had followed him, when he was in Galilee and ministered to him; and many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem."

"But Mary of Magdala and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid."

"When the Sabbath had passed, Mary of Magdala, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come and anoint him."

Mark 15:40-41, 47; 16:1

"And the women who were healed of diseases and unclean spirits, Mary who is called of Magdala, from whom seven demons went out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza the steward of Herod, and Suzanna, and many others, who ministered to them of their wealth."

"And on the first day of the week, early in the morning, while it was yet dark, they came to the tomb and brought the spices which they had prepared; and there with them other women.

"They were Mary of Magdala, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and the rest who were with them."

Luke 8:2-3; 24:1,10

According to all four New Testament gospels, Mary of Magdala is foremost in the narrative relating Jesus' burial in Joseph of Arimathea's new tomb:

Matthew's Gospel - see above scripture.

Mark's Gospel - see above scripture.

Luke's Gospel - see above scripture.

"Now there were standing by the cross of Jesus his mother and his mother's sister and Mary of Cleopas and Mary of Magdala."

John 19:25

It is interesting to note that in the gospel of John, Mary of Magdala, is listed last. Did she, as the author of the Gospel of John, simply place her name last?

According to all four New Testament gospels, Mary of Magdala is foremost in the discovery of the empty tomb:

"In the evening of the Sabbath, when the first day of the week began to dawn, there came Mary of Magdala and the other Mary to see the tomb.. He is not here, for he has risen, just as he had said. Come, see the place where our Lord was laid."

Matthew 28:1, 6

"When the Sabbath had passed, Mary of Magdala, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come and anoint him.. And they looked and saw that the stone was rolled away, for it was very large. And they entered the tomb, and saw a young man, sitting on the right, covered with a white robe; and they were astonished. But he said to them, Do not be afraid. You seek Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified; he has risen; he is not here; behold the place where he was laid."

Mark 16:1-6

"And on the first day of the week, early in the morning, while it was yet dark, they came to the tomb.. They entered in, but they did not find the body of Jesus.. They were Mary of Magdala, and Joanna, and Mary, the mother of James, and the rest who were with them."

Luke 24:1-3, 10

"On the first day of the week, early in the morning, while it was yet dark, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb; and she saw that the stone was removed from the tomb."

John 20:1

Note the difference in the narrative in John's gospel. Mary of Magdala comes to the tomb alone. Is she simply relating her story as the author of the 4th gospel?

In all four gospels, Mary of Magdala is foremost in receiving the news of Jesus' resurrection. She is to tell the disciples:

".there came Mary of Magdala and the other Mary to see the tomb.. But the angel answered, saying to the women, 'You need not be afraid; for I know that you are seeking Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, just as he had said. Come, see the place where our Lord was laid. And go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead and behold, he will go before you to Galilee; there you will see him; lo I have told you.' And they went away hurriedly from the tomb with fear and with great joy, running to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said to them, 'Peace be to you.' And they came up and laid hold of his feet and worshipped him."

Matthew 28:1, 5-9

".Mary of Magdala, and Mary the mother of James .. But he said to them, 'Do not be afraid. You seek Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified; he has risen; he is not here; behold the place where he was laid. But go away and tell his disciples, and Peter, that he will be before you just as he has told you.'"

Mark 16:1, 6-7

".They were Mary of Magdala, and Joanne, and Mary the mother of James, and the rest who were with them, who told these things to the apostles."

Luke 24:4-10

"On the first day of the week, early in the morning, while it was yet dark, Mary of Magdala came to the tomb.. So the disciples went away again to their lodging place. But Mary was standing near the tomb weeping; and as she wept, she looked into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white sitting one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they said to her, 'Woman, why do you weep?' She said to them, 'Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.' She said this and turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, 'Woman, why do you weep? and whom do you want?' She thought he was the gardener, so she said to him, 'My lord, if you are the one who has taken him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will go and take him away.' Jesus said to her, 'Mary.' She turned around and said to him in Hebrew, 'Rabbuli!' which means, My Teacher! Jesus said to her, 'Do not come near me; for I have not yet ascended to my Father; but go to my brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, and my God and your God. Then Mary of Magdala came and brought glad tidings to the disciples, that she had seen our Lord and that he had told her these things."

John 20:1, 10-18

Note the difference in the narrative. Mary of Magdala is alone at the tomb. Jesus appears to her first, then later to the disciples. Is Mary of Magdala, as the author of John's gospel, telling the story of her private encounter with Jesus?

In Mark 14:1-9, we find "There came a woman who had with her an alabaster vessel of perfume of pure nard, of good quality and very expensive; and she opened it and poured it upon the head of Jesus.. Jesus said, 'Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has done a good deed for me.. But this one has done it with what she had; she anointed my body in advance as for the burial. And truly I say to you, wherever this my gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told as a memorial to her.'"

Although Mark's gospel does not identify this woman, we can derive several clues from the narrative:

The woman is wealthy. She uses very expensive pure nard (spikenard), a perfume imported from the Himalayas in alabaster boxes and opened on special occasions. In biblical times, this nard cost approximately one year's wages. (Harper's Bible Dictionary).

Anointing on the head, during biblical times, was a means of investing someone with power, such as the anointing of Solomon as king by the priest Zadok and the prophet Nathan. (I Kings 1:39) Anointing could also signify the consecration of someone or something for a holy purpose. (Harper's Bible Dictionary) Anointing on the head in the presence of a gathering was performed by priests and prophets-persons held in high esteem and possessing spiritual authority.

Jesus recognized the woman's anointing as highly significant. In his words: "Wherever this my gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told as a memorial to her."

The story of the woman anointing his head is to be told as a memorial to her, not to Jesus. Jesus knew her actions to be on par with his gospel. This eternal union instituted by Jesus signifies a pairing of male and female.

 

THE NON-CANONICAL GOSPELS

Non-canonical means not selected by the Church Fathers
to be contained within the New Testament.

Note that all the ancient texts quoted pre-date
the Ecumenical Councils in which church doctrine was determined.

The 1st Ecumenical Council met in Nicaea in 325 C.E. This Council defined the foundations of orthodoxy.

 

THE GOSPEL OF THOMAS

The gospel of Thomas is a collection of sayings attributed to Jesus by the early Christians. The earliest of the Greek fragments found thus far dates from 200 C.E.; however its original composition most likely took place during the second half of the 1st century C.E. Thomas was revered in the early Syriac church as an apostle and brother of Jesus (some early traditions state "twin" brother of Jesus).

"His disciples said to Him, 'When will the Kingdom come?' [Jesus said], 'It will not come by waiting for it. It will not be a matter of saying "Here it is" or "There it is." Rather, the Kingdom of the Father is spread out upon the earth, and men do not see it.' Simon Peter said to them, 'Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of Life.' Jesus said, 'I myself shall lead her in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every woman who will make herself male will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.'"

Sayings 113-114, Gospel of Thomas

 

In this gospel, the mother of Jesus is referred to by the disciples as "your mother," thus the Mary to whom Peter is referring would be Mary of Magdala. Ancient traditions reveal Peter's jealousy of Mary of Magdala because Jesus taught her inner, subtle truths the disciples could not yet understand. Mary of Magdala was destined to become a revered teacher of the truths taught to her by Jesus.

 

THE DIALOGUE OF THE SAVIOR

Jesus is teaching Miriam, Matthew, and Judas

"Miriam" = Greek for Mary

 

The Dialogue of the Savior is a question and answer session between Jesus and Miriam, Matthew, and Judas.

Miriam responds to Jesus: "Thus about 'the wickedness of each day,' and 'the laborer being worthy of his food,' and 'the disciple resembling his teacher.' This word she spoke as a woman who knew the All."

Portion of #139 - The Dialogue of the Savior

"Miriam said, 'Tell me, Lord, why I have come to this place, to benefit or to suffer loss?' The Lord said, 'Because you [singular] reveal the greatness of the revealer.'"

Portion of #140 - The Dialogue of the Savior

 

THE GOSPEL OF PETER

Peter, the disciple of Jesus, is generally accepted by scholars as the author of this gospel. It was likely written during the second half of the 1st century C.E. (A.D.) in Syria.

"Early in the morning of the Lord's day Mary Magdalene, a woman disciple of the Lord-for fear of the Jews, since [they] were inflamed with wrath, she had not done at the sepulcher of the Lord what women are wont to do for those beloved of them who die-took with her women friends and came to the sepulcher where he was laid." Portion # 12 - The Gospel of Peter

 

Peter assumes that it is Mary of Magdala who has the responsibility to come to the tomb and "do for those beloved of them who die." The other women appear to have accompanied Mary of Magdala at her request, as a means of protection.

 

THE GOSPEL OF MARY MAGDALENE

The current edition of the gospel of Mary Magdalene makes up the first part of the so-called Berlin Papyrus. It is written in Sahidic Coptic. The 1st edition of this gospel dates approximately 150 C.E. (A.D.) and is accepted by scholars to have been inspired by Mary of Magdala, if not actually penned by her.

"Having said all this, he departed.. Then Mary arose, embraced them all, and began to speak to her brothers: 'Do not remain in sorrow and doubt, for his Grace will guide you and comfort you. Instead, let us praise his greatness, for he has prepared us for this. He is calling upon us to become fully human.' Thus Mary turned their hearts toward the Good, and they began to discuss the meaning of the Teacher's words."

Page 9, verses 5, 12-20 - The Gospel of Mary

Upon Jesus' departure, Mary of Magdala becomes the teacher.

"Peter said to Mary: 'Sister, we know that the Teacher loved you differently from other women. Tell us whatever you remember of any words he told you which we have not yet heard. Mary said to them: 'I will now speak to you of that which has not been given to you to hear.'"

Page 10, verses 1-9 - The Gospel of Mary

 

Jesus taught Mary of Magdala about the "seven demons" from which the gospel of Luke (chapter 8) states Mary was healed by Jesus.

"Freed from this third climate, the soul continued its ascent, and found itself in the fourth climate. This has seven manifestations. The first manifestation is Darkness; the second, Craving; the third, Ignorance; the fourth, Lethal Jealousy; the fifth, Enslavement to the Body; the sixth, Intoxicated Wisdom; the seventh, Guileful Wisdom."

Page 16, verses 1-10 - The Gospel of Mary

Note that these seven demons are characteristic of the temptations encountered by the soul during its initiatory process and reveal a soul that is journeying toward spiritual maturity. The soul can be healed from these seven demons.

"The soul answered: 'That which oppressed me has been slain; that which encircled me has vanished; my craving has faded, and I am freed from my ignorance. I left the world with the aid of another world; a design was erased, by virtue of a higher design. Henceforth I travel toward Repose, where time rests in the Eternity of Time; I go now into Silence.' Having said all this, Mary became silent, for it was in silence that the Teacher spoke to her."

"Then Andrew began to speak, and said to his brothers: 'Tell me, what do you think of these things she has been telling us? As for me, I do not believe that the Teacher would speak like this. These ideas are too different from those we have known.' And Peter added: 'How is it possible that the Teacher talked in this manner with a woman about secrets of which we ourselves are ignorant? Must we change our customs, and listen to this woman? Did he really choose her, and prefer her to us?'"

Jesus promised, as stated in the gospel of Thomas, to make Mary a "male." Jesus is giving Mary the role of "male" by teaching his disciples through her.

"Then Mary wept, and answered him: 'My brother Peter, what can you be thinking? Do you believe that this is just my own imagination, that I invented this vision? Or do you believe that I would lie about our Teacher?' At this, Levi spoke up: 'Peter, you have always been hot-tempered, and now we see you repudiating a woman just as our adversaries do. Yet if the Teacher held her worthy, who are you to reject her? Surely the Teacher knew her very well, for he loved her more than us. Therefore let us atone, and become fully human so that the Teacher can take root is us. Let us grow as he demanded of us, and walk forth to spread the gospel, without trying to lay down any rules and laws other than those he witnessed.'"

Page 18, verses 1-21 - The Gospel of Mary

 

THE GOSPEL OF PHILIP

 

The gospel of Philip reads more like the orthodox catechisms of the 2nd thru the 4th centuries. The Greek text was written as late as the 2nd half of the 3rd century C. E. (A.D.)-around 250 C.E.-most likely in Syria.

"There were three who always walked with the lord: Mary his mother and her sister and Magdalene, the one who was called his companion. His sister and his mother and his companion were each a Mary."

Section 59 - The Gospel of Philip

"And the companion of [.] Mary Magdalene. [.] loved her more than [all] the disciples [and used to] kiss her [often] on her [.]. The rest of the disciples .. They said to him, 'Why do you love her more than all of us?' The savior answered and said to them, 'Why do I not love you like her? When a blind man and one who sees are both together in darkness, they are no different from one another. When the light comes, then he who sees will see the light, and he who is blind will remain in darkness.'"

Section 64 - The Gospel of Philip

Jesus confirms that Mary of Magdala could see the light; the disciples remained in darkness. It is interesting to note that Section 59 states: "For it is by a kiss that the perfect conceive and give birth. For this reason we also kiss one another. We receive conception from the grace which is in one another." Ancient traditions reveal Jesus and Mary of Magdala as having at least one child, named Sara.

"If the woman had not separated from the man, she should not die with the man. His separation became the beginning of death. Because of this Christ came to repair the separation which was from the beginning and again unite the two, and to give life to those who die as a result of the separation and unite them."

Section 70 - The Gospel of Philip

Jesus stated, in the gospel of Thomas, that he would himself make Mary of Magdala into a "male." Could he mean the re-uniting of twin flames? Mary of Magdala (known in spirit as Nada) and Jesus (known in spirit as Sananda) are twin flames.

 

Mary Magdalene:  Author of the Fourth Gospel?

 

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CHURCH HISTORY NOTE: "Mary of Magdala's identity as a prostitute stems from Homily 33 of Pope Gregory I, delivered in the year 591, in which he declared that she and the unnamed woman in Luke 7 are, in fact, one and the same, and that the faithful should hold Mary as the penitent whore."

Saint Augustine and the biblical apostles called Mary of Magdala the "apostle of apostles."

In 1969, the Catholic Church officially repealed Pope Gregory's designation of Mary Magdalene as a whore, thereby admitting their error. Even though the Catholic Church now calls her Saint Mary Magdalene, many Christians continue to think of her as the woman who sinned.

(Preface by David Tresemer, Ph.D. and Laura-Lea Cannon, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene)

 

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