Mary Magdalene and the Christianity We've Never Tried
An English philosopher and lay theologian G.K. Chesterton said, “Christiantiy isn’t a failure, it just hasn’t been tried yet.” “It’s the Christinaty that existed before the church. It’s the church that’s ripped off at the hinges. It's the Christianity that includes all that has been left out.”
Joseph Campbell, GODDESSES: intro xiii-ix
Isaiah 6:10 : “Make the heart of this people dull,
And their ears heavy,
And shut their eyes;
Lest they see with their eyes,
And hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart,
And return and be healed.”
“The gnostic materials are full of the theme of opposition to Mary Magdalene’s leadership,” says Schaberg. “To put it simply, the people who opposed her won out.” Gospel of Mary, Phillip, Thomas, Beloved Companion.
“This seems to have been a creeping effect of patriarchy,” says Thompson. “I think we have to ponder the enormity of what happened to Mary Magdalene. The implications are still with us today.”
Interestingly, the Eastern church took a different tack with Mary Magdalene. “They never fell for the prostitute fallacy,” says Thompson. “She is honored according to the biblical portrait.”
The sacred feminine is that other face of God that has not been honored over the two millennia of Christianity–at least not as a fully equal partner. — Margaret Starbird
“She whom Luke calls the sinful woman, whom John calls Mary, we believe to be the Mary from whom seven devils were ejected according to Mark,” Gregory said in his 23rd homily. “And what did these seven devils signify, if not all the vices? . . . It is clear, brothers, that the woman previously used the unguent to perfume her flesh in forbidden acts . . .”
Pope Gregory the 1st, in at the church of st clement in Rome,Sept. 14, 1591
**Officially Rescinded on July 22, 1969 (the feast day of MM)
Magdala--not yet the name of this city. Tarichea is the name of the town, according to Josephus in “the Jewish War.” 40K inhabitants. Fishing town with a hippodrome. Destroyed in 67 ad by vespasian. (pg 54, Margaret Starbird, Bride In Exile) Hellenized--also applied to harlots and mixing with others outside the covenant people. The name Magdala Nunaya shows up 4-5 century ad in the Talmud.
Greek- Magdalene transliteration by John Hall, means "the honored woman, the one who is elevated."
“Leave her be. She has anointed me for what I am come to do and done what she is appointed to do. Only from the truth I tell you whenever they speak of me, what she has done will also be told in memory of Her. You do not know or understand what she has done.
I TELL YOU THIS: WHEN ALL HAVE ABANDONED ME, ONLY SHE SHALL STAND BESIDE ME LIKE A TOWER. A TOWER BUILT ON A HIGH HILL AND FORTIFIED CANNOT FALL, NOR CAN IT BE HIDDEN. FROM THIS DAY FORTH, SHE SHALL BE KNOWN AS MIGDALAH, FOR SHE SHALL BE AS A TOWER TO MY FLOCK AND THE TIME WILL SOON COME WHEN HER TOWER SHALL STAND ALONE BY MINE.”
Gospel of the Beloved Companion
“A Strange Thing in the Land” 1975-77
DAIMON-Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon 1) a god or goddess, a divine power 2) power that controls one's fate or destiny, 3)higher than man, lower than god.
Thayer's and Smith's Bible Dictionary to find the last and lowest definition of 4) a demon or evil spirit
Rabbi Ben Akiva, late first second century scholar, quoted as saying in the Mishnah Yadayim 3:5 “the whole world is not worth the day on which the song of songs was given to Israel, for all scriptures are holy and the Song of Songs is the Holy of Holies.”)
“Jesus said to them, “when you make the two into one and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male, or the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, and hand in a place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, and image in place of an image, then you will enter the Kingdom.”
Gospel of Phillip
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“I am the Rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys.”
Song of Songs 2:1
“The Spirit and the Bride say COME!” (Rev 22:17)
Gospel of Mary 9:2 “I saw you but you did see me for did you know me You mistook the garment I wore for my true self. And you did not recognize me.”
GREEK ORTHODOX TRADITION:
Feast day July 22
Great and holy myrrh bearer
DISTINGUISHED from Mary of Bethany and woman in Luke
VIRTUOUS ALL HER LIFE
Tradition-so chaste and virtuous that the devil thought her to be the one to bear up Christ in his earthly journey and sent 7 devils to torment her.
Brought ointment to the tomb
SPOKE WITH TIBERIOUS at the resurrection--Icons show her bearing a red egg.
As Parzival, the great grail knight is quoted as saying, “I have hardly taken but a step, yet I feel I have gone far.”
“I am what anyone can hear, but no one can say.” p123
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