Bible Study Moment: Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene is mentioned as one of the women who helped to support Jesus’ ministry. In that passage it is mentioned that 7 demons had been cast out of her. The only other occasion that she is mentioned by name is at the empty tomb on Easter Sunday, although there have been additions to her story both inside and outside of the Church.

While in Matthew, Mark, and Luke Mary Magdalene is mentioned by name, so is at least one other woman. It is only in John’s gospel that Mary Magdalene is the only one mentioned as going to the tomb, and interacts with the risen Christ after first running to tell Peter and another disciple that the tomb is empty. This second trip to the area of the tomb (John 20:11-17) is the inspiration for the hymn “In the Garden”.


Mark Phillips