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Mary Magdalene
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I. New Testament – II. Early Church – III. History of Art

I. New Testament

Named after her home town of Magdala on the west bank of the Sea of Gennesareth, she was presumably a prosperous (Luke 8:2f.) businesswoman (for the fishing industry in Magdala=Tarichaeae, see Josephus) who traveled extensively (hence the reference to her place of origin; cf. 15:21, 43). Mary was clearly unmarried (cf. Mark 15:40; Luke 8:3; John 19:25), and her age is unknown. She may…

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Kitzberger, Ingrid Rosa, Hartenstein, Judith and Apostolos-Cappadona, Diane, “Mary Magdalene”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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