Mary Magdalene ‘was a wealthy woman’
NEW RESEARCH by archaeologists in Magdala suggests that Mary Magdalene was a wealthy woman.
Dr Tina Wray from Salve Regina University in Rhode Island, USA (pictured), said the evidence supported claims that Mary, together with other women, was able to financially help to support Jesus and his followers during his public ministry.
Dr Tina Wray’s research describes Mary Magdalene as possibly an older woman, perhaps a sickly wealthy widow. The Gospel of Luke states that, “Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out...” might be translated to mean that she suffered from schizophrenia or some sort of seizure disorder, like epilepsy.”
She noted: “The archaeological discoveries of Magdala confirm what many Christian sources say about Mary. They allow us to understand the culture and history of the first century. Mary Magdalene was a remarkable woman and even more than 2,000 years after her death, people are still talking about her.”
Experts and archaeologists say that the buildings in Magdala reflect prosperity and wealth at Magdala, not seen around the Sea of Galilee until the foundation of Tiberias in 19AD.