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Who was Mary Magdalene?
She is an iconic image for us. She has many faces - disciple, friend, lover, prostitute, demon-possessed, repentant. Her various images served as ciphers for different early Christian communities. I was able to take time to discuss her as a historical and memorial figure at The Tomb of Jesus and His Family conference which Yale convened in Jerusalem in 2008.
“The Memorial Mary Meets the Historical Mary: The Many Faces of the Magdalene in Ancient Christianity”
2013. “The Memorial Mary Meets the Historical Mary: The Many Faces of the Magdalene in Ancient Christianity.” Pages 267-290 in The Tomb of Jesus and His Family? Exploring Ancient Jewish Tombs Near Jerusalem’s Walls. Edited by James H. Charlesworth. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2013.