Thursday, April 20, 2006

A Pop-Culture Correction

Recently, a fellow blogger pointed out an erroneous statement I had made. I would like to take a moment to thank her and to correct my statement.

In my post “Go figure... Kentucky” [4/11/2006] I referred to Mary Magdalene as the prostitute who seeks out Jesus in the Gospels. This was not Mary Magdalene, rather it was one of two women she often gets confused with:

Very early on, Mary Magdalene was confused with two other women in the Gospels, which may have led to her reputation as a redeemed harlot. Today we've come to recognize that there is no textual support for such a claim, but still the image of Mary Magdalene as a penitent sinner persists. Throughout the Middle Ages this was to have an impact on her legend, which grew in complexity and depth as Christian theology and Western civilization continued to evolve.


Thanks Emily, I think you’ve given me a new interest to research.

1 comment:

emily said...

Just as another interesting tidbit...

In the Orthodox Church, Mary Magdalene is a saint, and to this day is highly revered.

As I'm sure you've found in your reading, the gospel never actually casts her as a "sinful" woman, but rather one that was "tormented by demons".

Orthodox Church history remembers her as an outspoken, bold, and faithful saint of the early church.