from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- In the New Testament, a woman whom Jesus cured of evil spirits. She is also identified with the repentant prostitute who washed the feet of Jesus.
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- proper n. A female disciple of Jesus.
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- n. sinful woman Jesus healed of evil spirits; she became a follower of Jesus
The name Mary Magdalene conjures up a Hollywood image of a voluptuous temptress, possibly a prostitute, who after hearing the message of Jesus of Nazareth sees the error of her ways and repents of her sinful life.
He then later married three wives, one of whom we know as a Mary Magdalene, a Druidic Princess, stole the Torah from the temple and moved to Lud, now London.
The Duchampian strain of modern art -- which holds that art is concept not craft, attitude not form -- gave us Andy Warhol (whom the critic Barbara Rose brilliantly calls the Mary Magdalene of art history).
According to Jesus, the woman identified as Mary Magdalene had “5 husbands” likely the 5 Torah scrolls.
There was Mary Magdalene, that is Mary from the town of Magdala, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
This connection will be explored later, but for the moment we will confine ourselves to the figure unequivocally identified as Mary Magdalene.
The woman known as Mary Magdalene is clearly of enormous, if initially puzzling, significance to the ancient ‘heretical’ underground movements of Europe.
It was 22 July—the feast day of Mary Magdalene, which is pointed out as being of singular significance by all the contemporary writers.
Of the first, Isaac Sheftel is the chief representative; the one-act Forgotten Souls has been hailed by Professor Burton as a masterpiece; of the second, Gabriel and the Women (comparable in some respects to Shaw's Candida and Ibsen's Lady of the Sea) and Mary Magdalene, which is an entirely original and unconventional treatment of the theme, in which Mary symbolises woman's will to power.
And ‘Marie de Nègre’ evokes the Black Madonnas and their association with Mary Magdalene, which is reinforced by the hautpoul reference to ‘high prostitution’, whore wisdom.
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