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Magdalen as the Bride of Christ

Mary Magdalen was said to have been the Bride of Christ. Many of the Gnostic Gospels (revered early on in the Christian Church and later thrown out of the cannon) portray Mary Magdalen as Christ's Most Beloved Disciple, reporting that Jesus often kissed her on the mouth and called her "Woman Who Knows All." Other disciples went to her for Christ's teachings after he died (A). She is portrayed as sitting at Jesus' feet to listen to his teachings (Luke 10:38-42) and also as anointing his feet with oil and drying them with her hair (John 11:2, 12:3). Three of the New Testament Gospels report that Mary Magdalen was at the foot of the cross, and all four Gospels note she was present at the tomb. The Gospel of John notes that after the resurrection, Christ appeared to Mary Magdalen first. Mary Magdalen is mentioned in the New Testament more often by far that Mother Mary.

In The Woman with the Alabaster Jar, Starbird presents a very strong case that Mary Magdalen was perceived by many Christians (up until the 14th or 15th Century) to be the Bride of Christ, who later bore his child. Just as the High Queen Mariamne was known to be a temple priestess, Starbird presents evidence that Mary Magdalen was a princess of Bethany. This Mary of Bethany (sister to Lazarus and Martha) was of the line of Benjamin. She was wedded to Yeshua, of the line of David, in order to fulfill the ancient prophecy that a Son of David would rule Jerusalem and a long period of peace would follow.

Many scholars have documented the fact that Jesus was supported by political zealots who wished to overthrow the Romans and put a Son of David on the throne in Jerusalem. (Numerous Biblical passages also suggest this.) In fact, it is much more likely that Jesus was crucified, not for blasphemy (which was no offense to the Romans), but for sedition. Crucification was the common punishment for insurrectionists, hence the title over his cross, "Jesus Christ, King of the Jews" (B,F *).

If indeed a strong faction of zealots wished to see Yeshua on the throne, he certainly would have been married to a suitable bride. Starbird suggests that the Wedding of Canna, where Jesus turned the water into wine, was actually the symbolic story of his own marriage to Mary of Bethany. "Cana" is the root for "zealot," and the water into wine may represent the new covenant for the people of Jerusalem. (B)

Others believe that Yeshua himself took part in the Sacred Marriage with Mary Magdalen, as the anointing foretold. The Sacred Marriage was a ceremony to renew the land, at times was followed by the death of the redeemer/king who was called upon to sacrifice his blood for the people. (See G) "Mari-Ishtar . . . anointed--or christened--her doomed god when he went into the underworld, whence he would rise again at her bidding. That is, she made him a Christ. Her priestess raised the lament for him when he died. . . . In the Epic of Gilgamesh, victims were told She 'who anointed you with fragrant oil laments for you now' " (D, p. 615).

Anointing the head with oil had Biblical precedent in announcing kingship and was well known to be symbolic of the Sacred Marriage ceremony (B,D *). When Mary anointed Yeshua's head with sacred oil, he foretold his own death: "She has come beforehand to anoint my body for burial. . . . What this woman has done will be told as a memorial to her" (Mark 14:8-9). Immediately afterwards, Judas Iscariot (whose name means "zealot") went out to betray him, for he understood that Jesus was going to sacrifice his life, not rule as king (B).

(A) Pagels, Elaine. The Gnostic Gospels. NY: Random, 1979.

(B) Starbird, Margaret. The Woman with the Alabaster Jar. Santa Fe: Bear & Co., 1993.

(C) Warner, Marina. Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and Cult of the Virgin Mary. NY: Random, 1976.

(D) Walker, Barbara G. The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets. Edison, NJ: Castle Books, 1983/1996.

(E) Kinstler, Clysta. The Moon Under Her Feet: The Story of Mari Magdalene in the Service of the Great Mother. SF: Harper, 1989.

(F) Baigent,M., R. Leigh, & H. Lincoln. Holy Blood, Holy Grail. NY: Dell, 1982/1983.

(G) D. Wolkstein, S.N. Kramer. Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth. NY: Harper, 1983.

(H) Gadon, Elinor (Ed). The Once and Future Goddess. SF: Harper, 1989.

(I) Lone Jensen. Gifts of Grace. NY: Harper, 1995.

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Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 892 ananda 23-Feb-04 02:51
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 320 Milo 23-Feb-04 04:18
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 283 ananda 23-Feb-04 04:47
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 249 Milo 23-Feb-04 05:12
Mod Comment to you two 251 Thirdwave 23-Feb-04 14:42
Re: Mod Comment to you two 258 Milo 23-Feb-04 15:00
Fallen Angels & Co. 272 Nejc 23-Feb-04 15:09
Re: Fallen Angels & Co. 271 Milo 23-Feb-04 15:18
Yes .. ups.. sorry..n/t 264 Nejc 23-Feb-04 15:27
it's me - lol 304 Thirdwave 23-Feb-04 16:19
Re: it's me - lol 299 Milo 23-Feb-04 16:21
No probs n/t 294 Thirdwave 23-Feb-04 16:30
Re: Divine Beings 288 Nebankh 23-Feb-04 16:47
Re: Divine Beings 281 Milo 23-Feb-04 17:17
Divine Agreement to Differ 290 Thirdwave 23-Feb-04 17:58
Re: Divine Agreement to Differ 298 Milo 23-Feb-04 18:22
Believers and Researchers 318 Nejc 23-Feb-04 18:48
I am not a blind believer but a researcher 301 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:01
Re: I am not a blind believer but a researcher 300 Nejc 23-Feb-04 19:15
Re: I am not a blind believer but a researcher 287 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:19
Oh. Thanks for this one :) n/t 292 Nejc 23-Feb-04 19:22
Re: I am not a blind believer but a researcher 245 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:21
On the other hand... 313 Nejc 23-Feb-04 20:21
Re: On the other hand... 287 Milo 23-Feb-04 20:39
Re: Divine Beings 323 drowningcreek 23-Feb-04 19:00
Re: Divine Beings 262 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:09
Re: Divine Beings 317 drowningcreek 23-Feb-04 19:24
Re: Divine Beings 271 David L 23-Feb-04 22:42
Is there another site for serious discussion? 305 drowningcreek 23-Feb-04 23:09
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 291 Paul Mallon 24-Feb-04 18:42
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 278 Milo 24-Feb-04 19:42
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 261 David L 25-Feb-04 01:48
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 255 Milo 25-Feb-04 02:14
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 270 David L 25-Feb-04 03:03
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 251 Milo 25-Feb-04 06:37
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 264 David L 25-Feb-04 16:30
No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 269 Milo 25-Feb-04 17:18
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 266 Nebankh 25-Feb-04 17:47
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 274 Nebankh 25-Feb-04 17:54
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 267 Milo 25-Feb-04 17:58
Re: Cana 272 Nebankh 25-Feb-04 18:30
Re: Cana - missed off a bit! 261 Nebankh 25-Feb-04 18:32
Re: Cana - missed off a bit! 266 Milo 25-Feb-04 19:05
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 236 Milo 25-Feb-04 17:57
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 288 Lee McGiffen 26-Feb-04 08:36
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 300 Nebankh 26-Feb-04 10:19
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 262 ananda 26-Feb-04 16:01
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 288 Milo 26-Feb-04 16:14
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 292 Nebankh 26-Feb-04 16:23
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 305 Milo 26-Feb-04 16:27
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 285 Nebankh 26-Feb-04 16:58
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 250 Milo 26-Feb-04 17:01
Augustinian vs. Gnostic (and even Pelagian) 276 ananda 26-Feb-04 17:30
Re: Augustinian vs. Gnostic (and even Pelagian) 278 Milo 26-Feb-04 17:43
In Addition.... 252 Kboldt 26-Feb-04 18:50
Point was missed 242 ananda 26-Feb-04 18:58
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 266 ArmchairObserver 25-Feb-04 18:45
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 248 Zosimos 25-Feb-04 18:53
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 261 ArmchairObserver 25-Feb-04 19:02
I misread the quoted passage... 250 Milo 25-Feb-04 19:28
Re: I misread the quoted passage... 300 David L 25-Feb-04 23:20
Re: I misread the quoted passage... 254 Milo 25-Feb-04 23:31
One more thing... 282 David L 25-Feb-04 23:25
Re: One more thing... 280 Milo 25-Feb-04 23:32
Also... 277 Milo 25-Feb-04 23:41
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 277 David L 25-Feb-04 23:08
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 271 Thirdwave 25-Feb-04 23:33
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 289 Milo 25-Feb-04 23:36
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 267 Kboldt 25-Feb-04 19:01
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 266 Milo 25-Feb-04 19:37
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 286 Kboldt 25-Feb-04 19:53
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 259 Milo 25-Feb-04 19:58
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 286 sunbeam 23-Feb-04 15:50
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 292 ananda 23-Feb-04 16:15
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 299 Milo 23-Feb-04 16:28
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 302 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:25
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 287 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:36
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 302 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:42
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 296 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:49
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 271 ananda 23-Feb-04 20:22
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 244 Milo 23-Feb-04 20:26
Osirus - Seprapis - Christianity 296 Jaimi 23-Feb-04 21:04
Re: Osirus - Seprapis - Christianity 308 Milo 23-Feb-04 21:27
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 296 ananda 23-Feb-04 20:23
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 296 Milo 23-Feb-04 20:32
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 297 Paul Mallon 24-Feb-04 19:43
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 289 Milo 24-Feb-04 20:19
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 289 Milo 23-Feb-04 16:35
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 261 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:35
And by the way... 293 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:36
Re: And by the way... 304 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:42
Re: And by the way... 255 Kboldt 25-Feb-04 19:14
Re: And by the way... 261 Lee McGiffen 26-Feb-04 08:28
Re: And by the way... 276 Kboldt 26-Feb-04 16:48
Sources? 278 ananda 26-Feb-04 17:24
Re: Sources? 261 Kboldt 26-Feb-04 18:29
Re: And by the way... 370 Zosimos 26-Feb-04 17:00
Re: And by the way... 273 Kboldt 26-Feb-04 17:45
Re: And by the way... 373 Zosimos 26-Feb-04 18:20
Re: And by the way... 260 ananda 26-Feb-04 18:49
Re: And by the way... 357 Zosimos 26-Feb-04 19:15
Re: And by the way... 248 ananda 26-Feb-04 21:11
Re: And by the way... 352 Zosimos 26-Feb-04 23:30
Re: And by the way... 346 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 00:14
Re: And by the way... 263 Kboldt 27-Feb-04 13:35
Re: And by the way... 328 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 16:44
Re: And by the way... 455 Kboldt 27-Feb-04 16:46
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 281 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:40
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 276 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:47
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 319 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:57
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 307 ananda 23-Feb-04 20:19
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 340 Milo 23-Feb-04 20:23
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 300 ananda 23-Feb-04 20:24
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 299 Milo 23-Feb-04 20:34
Challenge to Milo 298 ananda 23-Feb-04 21:21
Re: Challenge to Milo 315 Milo 23-Feb-04 21:38
Re: Challenge to Milo 352 ananda 23-Feb-04 21:43
Re: Challenge to Milo 288 Milo 23-Feb-04 23:31
Yes you are n/t 293 Nejc 23-Feb-04 21:56
Re: Yes you are n/t 270 Milo 23-Feb-04 23:25
Then again... 270 Nejc 24-Feb-04 08:31
Big Blue :) 288 Thirdwave 24-Feb-04 10:54
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 269 debraregypt 23-Feb-04 15:53
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 282 ananda 23-Feb-04 16:16
Archetypes of the collective unconscious 320 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:55
Re: Archetypes of the collective unconscious 306 Milo 23-Feb-04 20:04
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 302 David L 23-Feb-04 22:28
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 284 Milo 23-Feb-04 23:33
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 292 David L 24-Feb-04 01:35
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 286 Milo 24-Feb-04 01:47
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 263 Lee McGiffen 25-Feb-04 09:51
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 248 Kboldt 25-Feb-04 19:22
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 313 Lee McGiffen 26-Feb-04 08:24
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 292 Milo 26-Feb-04 15:55
Lee... What about Moses? 282 ananda 26-Feb-04 16:12
Evidence that Jesus Existed 255 Milo 26-Feb-04 16:16
Re: Lee... What about Moses? 273 David L 26-Feb-04 20:37
Deblinkering debunkers... 273 Morph 24-Feb-04 15:26
Re: Deblinkering debunkers... 280 Zosimos 24-Feb-04 18:50
Re: Deblinkering debunkers... 237 Morph 25-Feb-04 15:33
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 285 Lee McGiffen 25-Feb-04 09:58
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 272 ananda 25-Feb-04 13:10
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 267 Milo 25-Feb-04 16:33
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 262 Kboldt 25-Feb-04 19:27
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 244 Zosimos 25-Feb-04 21:16
Re: Christ and Dionysis - good article 270 Nebankh 25-Feb-04 17:58
6th of January not mentioned in the Bible 260 Milo 25-Feb-04 18:05
Re: 6th of January not mentioned in the Bible 259 Nebankh 25-Feb-04 18:14
Re: 6th of January not mentioned in the Bible 260 Milo 25-Feb-04 18:34
Hmmm... 302 Morph 26-Feb-04 15:16
Re: Hmmm... 287 Morph 26-Feb-04 15:20
Re: Hmmm... 268 Nebankh 26-Feb-04 16:44
Au Contraire... 271 Morph 27-Feb-04 14:36


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