- The leader of a group of women who supported Jesus in his itinerant ministry (Luke 8:1–3). Her home according to some MSS was in Magdala, probably to be identified with Tarichaea, where there was a Hellenistic fishing industry, and she had been healed of a serious disease (‘seven demons’). She was apprised of the resurrection at the empty tomb and gave the news to the disciples (Matt. 28:5–9), though at first she was disbelieved (Luke 24:11, 22–48). An appearance to her alone is recorded by John 20:11–18. There has been much modern speculation about the relation between Jesus and Mary Magdalen, but this says more about the authors' imagination than about the biblical text.
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