Well, we're now counting down the days to the premiere of the Da Vinci code starring Tom Hanks.
There is yet another new book capitalizing on the sensation. It has the catchy title, "Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene". It's by Bart Ehrman, who prior to this authored "Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code". Ehrman has also been involved in the Gospel of Judas publishing effort.
I was disappointed that Ehrman makes light of the intimacy between Jesus and Mary Magdalene in Gnostic texts, and basically dismisses it as Gnostic propaganda!
Yet is is easily proved that a marriage between Jesus and Mary Magdalene was necessary to fulfill Old Testament typecasting. Jesus was the New Testament Joshua, and Mary Magdalene was the New Testament Rahab of Jericho, the tacit wife of Joshua.
Mythologically speaking, Jesus was both Osiris and Horus, and Mary Magdalene was Isis. According to myth, Isis had been consort of Osiris until his death (which she had a part in), and she also aided in his "resurrection". Later she became consort of Horus. Either way, a form of marriage between Jesus and Mary Magdalene in these stereotypical roles is to be fully expected.
Moreover, in the abstract mythology of Gnosticism the all-knowing goddess Sophia was consort of the Cosmic Adam, that is, the pre-existent Christ. This is made explicit in the Gnostic text Eugnostos the Blessed (a.k.a. The Sophia of Jesus Christ), which reads:
"All the immortals, which I have just described, have authority - all of them - by the power of the Immortal Man and Sophia, his consort ..."
(Quoted from Gnostic Philosophy by Tobias Churton)
The equating of Mary Magdalene in Gnostic texts is also made obvious by a passage in the Jewish text, Wisdom of Solomon 8:3-4:
"In that she [Wisdom] is conversant with God, she magnifieth her nobility; yea, the Lord of all things himself loved her. For she is privy to the mysteries of the Knowledge [gnosis] of God, and a lover of his works."
(Gnostic Philosophy, p 37)
Mary Magdalene is explicitly equated with "Wisdom" and made companion of Jesus in the famous passage of the Gospel of Phillip, which also shockingly states Jesus often kissed Mary Magdalene on the [blank].
However, the marital status of Mary Magdalene is left ambiguous, as is consistent with the characterization of Sophia expressed in an excerpt from Gnostic text, The Thunder, Perfect Mind:
"I am the honored one and the scorned one.
I am the whore and the holy one.
I am the wife and the virgin.
I am she whose wedding is great,
and I have not taken a husband."
(Quoted from "The Other Bible" p 595, also cited by Tobias Churton)
All of these strands of evidence lead Tobias Churton to conclude:
"While these references have naturally encouraged observers to wonder about some kind of historical sexual relationship between Jesus and Mary, it is clear to this author, given the background of Sophia speculation, that a Gnostic Immortal Man-type Jesus would have to have a Sophia-type consort or companion." (p 39)
It has also been shown that a marriage between Jesus and Mary Magdalene was necessary to repeat the Egyptian 18th Dynasty pattern in which Ankhesenamun was first married to Smenkhkare (type of John the Baptist) and then to Tutankhamun (type of Jesus). Although the marriage is confirmed by archaeology it is not mentioned in the Old Testament accounts of Elijah and Elisha. Likewise, we have direct archaeological proof of the marriage between Aristobulus III and Salome, the Herodian identities of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.
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