The Gospel of Mary Magdalene
Just who exactly was Mary Magdalene and what was her relationship to Yeshua (Jesus)? Was she just one of the women who traveled with Yeshua and help support him on his ministry? Or, is there truth to the speculations that she was Yeshua’s wife? Was she one and the same with the “sinful woman” or prostitute that Yeshua saved from stoning? A most interesting book on this topic by Jehanne De Qvillan titled, “The Gospel of The Beloved Companion,” tells the story. This gospel is also known as “The Gospel of Mary Magdalene.”
It is thought that “The Gospel of the Beloved Companion” was brought from Alexandia, Egypt to the Languedoc, a historical coastal region in southern France, in the middle part of the first century AD. Originally written in Greek, it was translated early in the 12th century AD by those in the Languedoc. The Cathars who lived in this region, advocated a return to the Christian message of perfection, poverty and preaching, combined with a rejection of the physical. Their reforms were a reaction against the scandalous lifestyles of the Catholic clergy in southern France. The translated gospel was likely not popular with the Catholic clergy either.
The Albigensian Crusade, or Cathar Crusade, was initiated in 1208 by Pope Innocent III to eliminate Catharism in Languedoc. He offered the lands of the Cathar heretics to any French nobleman willing to take up arms. From 1209 to 1215, the crusaders invaded the region. They captured Cathar lands and committed acts of extreme violence, often against civilians. Over a million lost their lives. For this reason, the author of “The Gospel of the Beloved Companion,” hopes we have progressed in our tolerance since those violent, abhorrent days.
Interestingly, in 1969 the identification of Mary Magdalene with Mary of Bethany and the “sinful woman” was removed from the General Roman Calendar. However, the view of her as a former prostitute has persisted in popular culture. Mary Magdalene is now considered to be a saint by the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran churches today. Speculations that Mary was Yeshua’s wife are regarded by most modern historians as highly doubtful, even though movies and media continue to suggest otherwise.
It is the author’s intent to share the this gospel with world, despite the risks of violence as has happened in the past. It contains such a powerful, much needed message that needs to be heard by all. This gospel has been a part of the belief system of their community for over ten centuries. Due to the gospel’s clarity, always consistent and non-contradictory content, it provides us another perspective of Yeshua’s teachings. If we will but understand and follow his teachings, enlightenment will follow that will free us from the world!
Mary Magdalene at Jesus empty tomb. He appears to her.
Who Was Mary Magdalene?
The Gospel of Luke (8:2-3) identifies Mary as one of the women who traveled with Yeshua in his ministry. All four of the Bible’s first new testament gospels identify her as a witness to his crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. Mary alone was at the feet of Yeshua as he was being crucified. None of the other twelve apostles was present. She was also the first to witness the empty tomb, and was first to testify of Yeshua’s resurrection. She was Yeshua’s most dedicated and faithful disciple!
Because of this, Mary in many Christian traditions is known as “the apostle to the apostles.” As Yeshua’s closest disciple, and the only one who truly understood his teachings, tensions developed with the other disciples, particularly Simon Peter.
What Was Mary Magdalene’s Message?
“The Gospel of the Beloved Companion” chronicles Yeshua’s life as did the other gospels in the Bible we have today. However, there are details and events in this gospel not spoken of elsewhere. The parable of the tree of life, related to the assembled apostles after Yeshua’s resurrection when all were gathered together in Bethany, is most notable we think. Mary, acknowledged by Simon Peter to be Yeshua’s closest disciple, requested of her to tell them of words spoken by the master that they had not heard or understood. She then related the parable of the tree of life and how it can lead to being free of the world. It is a most incredible parable that basically says to be free of the world and in the bliss of God you must rid yourself of: judgement and wrath; ignorance and tolerance; duplicity and arrogance; fear and the weaknesses of the flesh. In addition, you must know yourself to be: a child of God; and capable of healing your own soul. Having achived these things, you will find yourself freed from the world!
“The Gospel of the Beloved Companion” is most worthy of your time to read. Thank you Jehanne De Quillan for sharing your treasured information! After you have read Mary’s gospel, you too will likely agree to Mary Magdalene’s rightful place as “apostle to the apostles.”
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