It is the mythic battle woven into the story of Mary that empowers her to us. To many, she is captive, possessed, enslaved, caught in the midst of crime and tragedy, but at once redeemed, set free, and loved by God himself. She is hope and triumph. She represents the power of truth and love to change the life of the lowest and most powerless of us. She is you and me in search of God. The text presented here serves to shake our assumptions of early Christianity as well as raise staggering questions about Christ's possible relationship to Mary of Magdala, whom we call Mary Magdalene.
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