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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 ... 945 ananda 23-Feb-04 02:51
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 337 Milo 23-Feb-04 04:18
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 299 ananda 23-Feb-04 04:47
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 265 Milo 23-Feb-04 05:12
Mod Comment to you two 266 Thirdwave 23-Feb-04 14:42
Re: Mod Comment to you two 273 Milo 23-Feb-04 15:00
Fallen Angels & Co. 287 Nejc 23-Feb-04 15:09
Re: Fallen Angels & Co. 288 Milo 23-Feb-04 15:18
Yes .. ups.. sorry..n/t 280 Nejc 23-Feb-04 15:27
it's me - lol 319 Thirdwave 23-Feb-04 16:19
Re: it's me - lol 314 Milo 23-Feb-04 16:21
No probs n/t 311 Thirdwave 23-Feb-04 16:30
Re: Divine Beings 305 Nebankh 23-Feb-04 16:47
Re: Divine Beings 298 Milo 23-Feb-04 17:17
Divine Agreement to Differ 306 Thirdwave 23-Feb-04 17:58
Re: Divine Agreement to Differ 316 Milo 23-Feb-04 18:22
Believers and Researchers 335 Nejc 23-Feb-04 18:48
I am not a blind believer but a researcher 318 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:01
Re: I am not a blind believer but a researcher 316 Nejc 23-Feb-04 19:15
Re: I am not a blind believer but a researcher 304 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:19
Oh. Thanks for this one :) n/t 307 Nejc 23-Feb-04 19:22
Re: I am not a blind believer but a researcher 261 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:21
On the other hand... 330 Nejc 23-Feb-04 20:21
Re: On the other hand... 304 Milo 23-Feb-04 20:39
Re: Divine Beings 338 drowningcreek 23-Feb-04 19:00
Re: Divine Beings 277 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:09
Re: Divine Beings 330 drowningcreek 23-Feb-04 19:24
Re: Divine Beings 288 David L 23-Feb-04 22:42
Is there another site for serious discussion? 318 drowningcreek 23-Feb-04 23:09
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 310 Paul Mallon 24-Feb-04 18:42
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 294 Milo 24-Feb-04 19:42
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 278 David L 25-Feb-04 01:48
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 273 Milo 25-Feb-04 02:14
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 289 David L 25-Feb-04 03:03
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 267 Milo 25-Feb-04 06:37
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 280 David L 25-Feb-04 16:30
No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 280 Milo 25-Feb-04 17:18
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 284 Nebankh 25-Feb-04 17:47
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 291 Nebankh 25-Feb-04 17:54
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 283 Milo 25-Feb-04 17:58
Re: Cana 289 Nebankh 25-Feb-04 18:30
Re: Cana - missed off a bit! 280 Nebankh 25-Feb-04 18:32
Re: Cana - missed off a bit! 283 Milo 25-Feb-04 19:05
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 253 Milo 25-Feb-04 17:57
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 305 Lee McGiffen 26-Feb-04 08:36
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 318 Nebankh 26-Feb-04 10:19
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 278 ananda 26-Feb-04 16:01
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 306 Milo 26-Feb-04 16:14
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 309 Nebankh 26-Feb-04 16:23
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 323 Milo 26-Feb-04 16:27
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 302 Nebankh 26-Feb-04 16:58
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 267 Milo 26-Feb-04 17:01
Augustinian vs. Gnostic (and even Pelagian) 294 ananda 26-Feb-04 17:30
Re: Augustinian vs. Gnostic (and even Pelagian) 294 Milo 26-Feb-04 17:43
In Addition.... 269 Kboldt 26-Feb-04 18:50
Point was missed 260 ananda 26-Feb-04 18:58
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 282 ArmchairObserver 25-Feb-04 18:45
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 261 Zosimos 25-Feb-04 18:53
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 278 ArmchairObserver 25-Feb-04 19:02
I misread the quoted passage... 268 Milo 25-Feb-04 19:28
Re: I misread the quoted passage... 317 David L 25-Feb-04 23:20
Re: I misread the quoted passage... 272 Milo 25-Feb-04 23:31
One more thing... 299 David L 25-Feb-04 23:25
Re: One more thing... 297 Milo 25-Feb-04 23:32
Also... 293 Milo 25-Feb-04 23:41
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 294 David L 25-Feb-04 23:08
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 289 Thirdwave 25-Feb-04 23:33
Re: No Evidence for Jesus' Marriage 307 Milo 25-Feb-04 23:36
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 285 Kboldt 25-Feb-04 19:01
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 283 Milo 25-Feb-04 19:37
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 302 Kboldt 25-Feb-04 19:53
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 279 Milo 25-Feb-04 19:58
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 302 sunbeam 23-Feb-04 15:50
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 307 ananda 23-Feb-04 16:15
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 315 Milo 23-Feb-04 16:28
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 318 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:25
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 304 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:36
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 319 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:42
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 311 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:49
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 288 ananda 23-Feb-04 20:22
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 261 Milo 23-Feb-04 20:26
Osirus - Seprapis - Christianity 312 Jaimi 23-Feb-04 21:04
Re: Osirus - Seprapis - Christianity 325 Milo 23-Feb-04 21:27
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 313 ananda 23-Feb-04 20:23
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 312 Milo 23-Feb-04 20:32
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 312 Paul Mallon 24-Feb-04 19:43
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 304 Milo 24-Feb-04 20:19
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 305 Milo 23-Feb-04 16:35
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 277 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:35
And by the way... 310 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:36
Re: And by the way... 320 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:42
Re: And by the way... 273 Kboldt 25-Feb-04 19:14
Re: And by the way... 278 Lee McGiffen 26-Feb-04 08:28
Re: And by the way... 293 Kboldt 26-Feb-04 16:48
Sources? 295 ananda 26-Feb-04 17:24
Re: Sources? 274 Kboldt 26-Feb-04 18:29
Re: And by the way... 390 Zosimos 26-Feb-04 17:00
Re: And by the way... 291 Kboldt 26-Feb-04 17:45
Re: And by the way... 392 Zosimos 26-Feb-04 18:20
Re: And by the way... 276 ananda 26-Feb-04 18:49
Re: And by the way... 375 Zosimos 26-Feb-04 19:15
Re: And by the way... 265 ananda 26-Feb-04 21:11
Re: And by the way... 369 Zosimos 26-Feb-04 23:30
Re: And by the way... 363 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 00:14
Re: And by the way... 280 Kboldt 27-Feb-04 13:35
Re: And by the way... 344 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 16:44
Re: And by the way... 488 Kboldt 27-Feb-04 16:46
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 299 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:40
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 292 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:47
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 336 Milo 23-Feb-04 19:57
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 323 ananda 23-Feb-04 20:19
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 357 Milo 23-Feb-04 20:23
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 320 ananda 23-Feb-04 20:24
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 316 Milo 23-Feb-04 20:34
Challenge to Milo 314 ananda 23-Feb-04 21:21
Re: Challenge to Milo 333 Milo 23-Feb-04 21:38
Re: Challenge to Milo 368 ananda 23-Feb-04 21:43
Re: Challenge to Milo 306 Milo 23-Feb-04 23:31
Yes you are n/t 312 Nejc 23-Feb-04 21:56
Re: Yes you are n/t 287 Milo 23-Feb-04 23:25
Then again... 286 Nejc 24-Feb-04 08:31
Big Blue :) 304 Thirdwave 24-Feb-04 10:54
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 285 debraregypt 23-Feb-04 15:53
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 298 ananda 23-Feb-04 16:16
Archetypes of the collective unconscious 335 ananda 23-Feb-04 19:55
Re: Archetypes of the collective unconscious 322 Milo 23-Feb-04 20:04
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 319 David L 23-Feb-04 22:28
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 302 Milo 23-Feb-04 23:33
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 309 David L 24-Feb-04 01:35
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 302 Milo 24-Feb-04 01:47
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 278 Lee McGiffen 25-Feb-04 09:51
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 265 Kboldt 25-Feb-04 19:22
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 330 Lee McGiffen 26-Feb-04 08:24
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 308 Milo 26-Feb-04 15:55
Lee... What about Moses? 299 ananda 26-Feb-04 16:12
Evidence that Jesus Existed 272 Milo 26-Feb-04 16:16
Re: Lee... What about Moses? 288 David L 26-Feb-04 20:37
Deblinkering debunkers... 284 Morph 24-Feb-04 15:26
Re: Deblinkering debunkers... 290 Zosimos 24-Feb-04 18:50
Re: Deblinkering debunkers... 247 Morph 25-Feb-04 15:33
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 299 Lee McGiffen 25-Feb-04 09:58
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 286 ananda 25-Feb-04 13:10
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 282 Milo 25-Feb-04 16:33
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 276 Kboldt 25-Feb-04 19:27
Re: Christ:Mithra ... Mary:Isis ... 256 Zosimos 25-Feb-04 21:16
Re: Christ and Dionysis - good article 286 Nebankh 25-Feb-04 17:58
6th of January not mentioned in the Bible 275 Milo 25-Feb-04 18:05
Re: 6th of January not mentioned in the Bible 273 Nebankh 25-Feb-04 18:14
Re: 6th of January not mentioned in the Bible 275 Milo 25-Feb-04 18:34
Hmmm... 313 Morph 26-Feb-04 15:16
Re: Hmmm... 297 Morph 26-Feb-04 15:20
Re: Hmmm... 284 Nebankh 26-Feb-04 16:44
Au Contraire... 282 Morph 27-Feb-04 14:36


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