Mary Magdalene has Returned
The mystics among us are declaring her to be the long lost Holy Grail, the Bride of Christ, the Christian Goddess, even a Tantrika, a spiritually adept woman who initiates men into the sexual mysteries of the Divine.
Scholars are saying the opposite - that surely there was a special relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus but why are we obsessing about her sexuality? There is no historical evidence for Mary Magdalene as either prostitute or bride. Art historian Diane Apostolos-Cappadona reports that depictions of Mary Magdalene from the third to the seventh century show her status to be that of “a virgin” – meaning, in the ancient sense, a woman unto herself. *
These two points of view – the historic and the mystical – utterly contradict. What to make of these differences?
Paradoxically, both are true –
We need to remember that scholarship is by its
nature conservative, based on available material evidence. As to the possibility
that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were sexual partners, married or not - there
are simply no texts or archeological remains that justify that claim.