Sharon Wilharm Bible Storyteller

Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene is one of the most misunderstood women in the Bible. The Bible is somewhat limited in the information it provides about her, and historians through the years have filled in the blanks according to their own beliefs. 

The first mention of Mary Magdalene is in Matthew 27 when he says she was one of the women observing the crucifixion from a distance. 

In Matthew 28 we’re told she and the other Mary went to the tomb and encountered an angel who rolled back the stone and told them about Jesus’s resurrection. 

Mark also tells us about the encounter with the angel, but Mark 16:9 includes background about Mary. 

“Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons.”

Luke is the only one who mentioned her prior to the crucifixion. In chapter 8 he recorded, “Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s household manager, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.” (vs. 1-3)

In John’s account of the resurrection, he reports that Mary Magdalene told Peter and John they’d taken Jesus out of the tomb, and she didn’t know where they’d taken him. 

Read about Mary Magdalene: Matthew 27:55-61, 28:1, Mark 15:40-47, 16:1-19, Luke 8:1-3. 24:10, John 19:25, 20:1-18

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