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Who was Mary Magdalene?

What do we know about her?

And how do we know it?

  • Dorothy Ann Lee
  • The Conversation

These questions resurface with the release of a new movie, Mary Magdalene, starring Rooney Mara in the titular role.

Rena 6fThe question of how we know about her is a relatively simple one.

She appears in a number of early Christian texts associated with the ministry of Jesus.

These texts comprise Gospels written in the first and second century of the Common Era (CE).

The earliest of them are included in the New Testament, where Magdalene plays a…

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