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  •  The Bible only says (7+ / 0-)

    that Jesus "cast out seven demons" -- one of them could have been promiscuity, but that's not specified anywhere. The "whore myth" came about in the early Catholic Church when they were trying to minimize the status of women in Christ's ministry; Mary was just one of several women who followed Jesus (and bankrolled Him for the most part), and the fact that they were the first to preach the Gospel of the resurrected Christ while the dudes were cowering in their rooms probably rankled with the menfolk.

    Mary Magdalene is still held in higher esteem in Orthodox teaching, IIRC, than in Western Christian teaching.

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Tue May 07, 2013 at 11:23:42 AM PDT

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    •  Not only that (7+ / 0-)

      but Jesus appeared to Mary FIRST - as it was written in all four Gospels.  

      You are quite right - in Orthodox teaching, Mary Magdalene is referred to as "the Apostle to the Apostles."  Sadly, though, that doesn't translate into their church structure and polity.  

      PBS did a great special on her a few years ago.  She was clearly very close to Jesus, whether he was married to her or not.  I have to wonder what our society would have been like if female discipleship was always ranked equally with male.  The same thing happened in Islam after Mohammed died.

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