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The Controversy Over the Identity of Mary Magdalene

Last edited 29th July 2010

The Controversy Over the Identity of Mary Magdalene

The controversy over the identity of St Mary Magdalene has continued since the early Church. In the Gospels there are three particular "characters"  involved in the controversy: Mary Magdalene, a follower of Our Lord (John20:11-18); the anonymous penitent woman (Luke 7:36-50); and Mary of Bethany, the sister of Martha and Lazarus (Luke 10:38-42). In the West, particularly since the time of Pope St Gregory the Great, the three characters have all been identified as St Mary Magdalene. But is this the truth?


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