Mary Mag­da­lene ‘was a wealthy woman’

NEW RE­SEARCH by ar­chae­ol­o­gists in Mag­dala sug­gests that Mary Mag­da­lene was a wealthy woman.

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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.

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