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Adele Reinhartz

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195146967

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146967.001.0001

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Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene

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(p.125) 7 Mary Magdalene
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Jesus of Hollywood
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Adele Reinhartz (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146967.003.0007

This chapter looks at the Gospels' references to Mary Magdalene and some of the traditions about her that arose in the early church, particularly the view, unsupported in the Gospels, that she was a prostitute and/or adulterous. It traces the changing representation of Mary Magdalene from the silent era to the present, focusing on four questions: What was Mary's life like before meeting up with Jesus? How did she meet Jesus and come to travel with him? What was her status among and relationship with the disciples? And, most intriguing, what was her relationship with Jesus?

Keywords:   romance, prostitution, apostleship, gender roles, asceticism, family values

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