Bible People - Mary Magdalene
archaeological evidence of the terrible death of Jesus
at the tomb of Jesus: setting the scene
way artists liked to see it
for the body of a dead person: Mary's task after the death of Jesus
or saint? Famous paintings of Mary Magdalene
Magdalene in modern films
Mary Magdalene married to Jesus, or his lover?
Magdalene's story in detail
for individuals or groups
'Mary Magdalene' in films
Using the list of films at left, or films of your own choice, discuss the following questions:
Discuss the questions above, making sure everyone in the group has a chance to talk about their ideas.
Take some time to sit down for a few minutes and focus your mind
Paintings of Mary Magdalene
Read the story at MARY MAGDALENE
Go to the link at the bottom of the painting at right. Scroll through the paintings from first to last.
Which part of the story of Mary Magdalene has been the most popular with artists?
Would this have been your choice?
Artists paint what they want to paint, but they also paint with their audience in mind. Look at the paintings again. Who is the painting directed at? Explain your reasoning.
If you have chosen something different, ask yourself why this other incident appeals to you more than the scene favored by the artists. Spend some time quietly thinking about your response.
Comparing the stories
In columns, transcribe the gospel accounts of an event in Mary's life, for example
You will find the gospel accounts relating to Mary Magdalene in Bible Text.
Find and mark the phrases that are the same in each
gospel. Then find and mark the phrases that are different. Remember that
the evidence given by eye-witnesses is often inaccurate in details; you
might test this yourself by having members of your group give separate
descriptions of a recent event you all witnessed.
Interviewing an eye-witness
Linking with Old Testament Stories - Lot's Wife
1. Read the whole of Genesis 19 thoroughly, trying to get a grasp on the characters and their actions - why they do what they do.
2. Concentrate on Lot's wife and
try to imagine you are her - what would you be thinking, feeling, etc.
Maybe jot down a few thoughts she might have had. Why does she look back?
3. Link her story with the story of Mary Magdalene in the garden outside the tomb, where she meets the resurrected Jesus and he says to her 'don't hold on to me' - which can be interpreted as 'don't hold onto the past'.
Link this gospel event with the story of Lot's wife by drawing out the message of Jesus, that we are not to hold onto that which is past, or look back as Lot's wife did.
AND A GOOD FRIDAY WAS HAD BY ALL
there, keep those women back
Silenus held the spikes steady
and I let fly
orders, I said after it was over
hauled on the ropes
You can simply read this beautiful poem, or use it as a focus for meditation.
Focus Questions for the gospel
Famous Quotes from Mary's Story
Taken by themselves, these two quotes could be said to sum up the unbeliever's, and the believer's, point of view.
What is the best way of living your faith in God, so that others can experience the Christian message of love, faith and hope?
Was Mary Magdalene married to Jesus, or his lover? The Da Vinci Code
Extra Websites in the left column have background information and ideas.
Bible Stories: People of
the New Testament - Bible Study Resource
Mary Magdalene and Jesus