The story of Mary Magdalene and of her alleged ordeal, including the arduous journey to the French coast, where he still enjoys local cults, is not an invention of modern and unscrupulous counterfeiters. This is also a building with low but not impossible real bases gathered in the heart of the Middle Ages, even with the aid of popes and religious authorities, on which the serious criticism has long warned.

Elements and ideas specific to the construction of the myth, although historically very questionable, are in the writings of Christian authors, as Jacopo da Varagine or Rabanus. Authors in the history of the Church, usually ignored or misunderstood.

The emerging concept is that often they are recycled, as new unexpected things, that lie for centuries or millennia in the works of the Fathers of the Church or in the visions of saints and ascetics, mystics, or catechists pious tales of all time, or evidence of ancient chroniclers.

Rewritten, presented with the right color and some element of scandal, old and known facts become sensational discoveries.

A reader, even superficial, of the canonical Gospels never find a trace of Mary Magdalene of bad manners. Mary Magdalene, the Gospel says, is a woman that Jesus heals many demons, seven, but she is never cited as immoral woman, a prostitute or adulteress. Nothing at all. Do not wash the feet of Jesus. If anything enjoy absolute privilege and honor is to see first the Resurrection of Christ.

The process (wrong) with which it was built the alleged correspondence of the two figures (the woman of ill repute who becomes Santa) is clear and evident, even suggestive, but false.

The allure of the idea of a great conversion from the abyss of evil to the role next to Jesus, has certainly attracted many Christian commentators, looking for strong emotions doctrine.

Pity that, after centuries or millennia, has remained only the identification with the prostitute (which was false) and not the closeness to Jesus (which was true).

After so long in the case of Mary Magdalene deserves a review, definitely to not miss a key female figure in the birth of the Church and necessary to frame more objectively the role of women in Christianity.

Mary of Magdala

Libri di Mario Moiraghi