with Susanne Sklar
July 22 (Wednesday) 10am to 12pm
Hipplytos of Rome equated Mary Magdalene with Holy Wisdom and she’s called Apostle to the Apostles in the Orthodox Church. But Pope Gregory made her a prostitute in 591, his misreading recently corrected by Pope Francis; her feast day, July 22nd, is now to be celebrated greatly!
Some modern poets, novelists, and imaginative theologians feel that Mary Magdalene married Jesus Christ. Some believe they were secretly lovers. Textual and archaeological evidence indicates that Mary Magdalene might be akin to Holy Wisdom, an independent visionary.
It’s time, I think, to celebrate her Wisdom, to consider her radical independence -as well as her love for Jesus. Most women in first century Palestine were more restricted than Iranian women are now; they could not transact business, be a witness in court; they couldn’t even be crucified, because women were considered incapable of threatening the state. This 90 minute interactive talk considers the world in which Mary Magdalene lived and legends attached about her in the early church (before Pope Gregory sexualised her). Could she have been in Egypt? Could she have travelled to Gaul?
Together we’ll savor some of the words from her Gospel, the Gnostic Gospel of Mary.