Dear Mary Magdalene, this is a controversial question that is
being asked. Is that you in Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “The Last
Supper?” And, were you Jesus wife?
It amazes me that Biblical Scholars find it so impossible that Jesus
would be married. Jews have always put great importance on the
family, and as a mature Jew in those days, he would be expected to
have a wife. As a Rabbi, there would be no question that he would be
married. It would have been extremely odd not to have been.
Remember, in that part of the world at that time, many men had
multiple wives, though it was not Jewish custom.
I am not going to say I was his wife for that would be an
announcement that would need to be upheld, and it cannot be at this
time. Eventually, found documents will show the legal aspects of our
relationship, but I will say this for now. I was one of the more
prominent people who followed Jesus, and supported his Mother and
the other women in his entourage. Biblically, it seems that there
were only a few women who walked with Jesus during his times of
preaching. Several of us were “captains” of various groups who made
sure that there was housing and food for the many who followed
Jesus. In the Bible there is mention made of the miracle of the
loaves and fishes. This story is not to tell about how the food was
distributed, but more to talk of the multitudes in the ranks and how
they supported each other. There were actually many women who took
care of the logistics of travel for the men. I will also say
this. It would have been totally unacceptable for the male members
of the group to have contact with the women. Women were kept
separate from men even in the family. There had to be women to guide
the women, and I was one of those.
It has also been said that I was a prostitute. What a foolish
belief. And where is that written? If I had been a prostitute, I
would have been sent away from such society as Jesus walked within.
I would have been hidden away. I was a member of a fine society of
merchants and traders and my family was remotely related to Jesus’
own. Later, in the development of the church, this story was written
to keep the hierarchy more male dominated. That Mary, the Mother of
Jesus, remained in such respect was simply because her miracle of
Jesus’ birth could not be written out of scripture. Doing that would
have negated Jesus’ own divinity.
There is much misunderstanding and controversy of how things
happened, but the message of Jesus is still the same and will always
be so. LOVE. Love yourself. Love each other. Believe that God loves
you, and pass that love on to all who are in need of it.
Thank you for asking. Yes, it was me in the painting. I was there.
Judas was not. The drama had already begun.