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Mary Magdalene

Jesus' Sex Life on the 'Down Low'

Irene Monroe | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Irene Monroe

I just find it hard to believe that this wandering rabbi and his gang of 12 surely horny men were unmarried and celibate.

The Kingdom is Within

Harold Lloyd | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion
Harold Lloyd

The Kingdom is Within It's Holy Week again, that annual time when some of us struggle with the "orthodox" account of the Passion. How is it morally ...

Was Jesus Really Married?

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

The recent announcement that a fragment of a papyrus manuscript found in Egypt some time ago -- one that mentions Jesus having a wife -- is "authentic" has been something of a sensation in the news.

The Son of God: Safe and Comfortable Middle Class Jesus

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 05.04.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey fail in their newly-released film The Son of God, because their interpretation of Scripture is simplistic and triumphalist. Where there are choices to be made -- and with the Gospels, the choices abound -- Burnett and Downey have an unerring urge to favor the safe ones.

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Only Two Verses on the Discovery of Jesus' Empty Tomb that Ring True

James D. Tabor | Posted 02.28.2014 | Religion
James D. Tabor

Here it is, hiding in plain sight: The only two verses in the New Testament gospels that relate the discovery of Jesus' empty tomb that ring true historically.

Alicia Keys, Joni Mitchell, and Some Women of the Bible

Michael Gilmour | Posted 02.12.2014 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

When the narrators of popular songs represent the male perspective, allusions to sacred imagery are often part of an effort to seduce. By contrast, when the narrator represents a female's perspective, allusions to sacred imagery sometimes highlight marginal status.

LOOK: Did Mary Magdalene Meet Jesus Here?

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 09.25.2013 | Religion

In a city where Jesus' companion Mary Magdalene lived and perhaps even met with Jesus, the discovery and excavation of a first-century synagogue is sh...

The Oldest Easter Story: Forgotten But Hidden in Plain Sight

James D. Tabor | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
James D. Tabor

John 20:1-10 is a precious glimpse into a most plausible historical scenario as to what happened after Jesus' death, and why the temporary tomb into which Jesus was placed was indeed empty, before the various theological presentations involving "sightings" of Jesus began to accrue to the story.

Nathan Gunn Is 'Yeshua' in San Francisco Opera's The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.24.2013 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Popular baritone Nathan Gunn portrays Jesus, referred to here as Yeshua. No matter the format or venue, even for the most equipped candidate, acting-out the Son of Man is not an opportunity that comes around very often.

Women's History Month And God's Call

Rev. Michelle L. Torigian | Posted 05.11.2013 | Religion
Rev. Michelle L. Torigian

If you are a woman feeling called into ordained ministry or other church leadership, know that there are many sisters and brothers in Christ who will support and love you in your journey.

Mary Magdalene Madness

Roxane Assaf | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Roxane Assaf

Metaphorical interpretations aside, the apparent confirmation of Jesus of Nazareth and Mary of Magdala as the ultimate biblical power couple has spawned a movement.

So Jesus WAS Married -- Oy Vey!

Jan Phillips | Posted 11.27.2012 | Religion
Jan Phillips

How timely, that it coincides with an era in which women are being ordained right and left, despite what the Catholic Church says about not ordaining women. Their reason was always because Jesus had no female disciples -- but this blows that idea out of the water.

Jesus, I'm Married!

Mark Morford | Posted 11.27.2012 | Religion
Mark Morford

Authentic though it may be, the new finding will likely not lead to much radical anything. The pope will not smile, the church code will not loosen, the male-owned and operated religions of the world will not suddenly explode and be remade anew.

Jesus Married? Not Surprising For A Dedicated Jew

Bernard Starr | Posted 11.21.2012 | Religion
Bernard Starr

The discovery of the lost parchment, along with the earlier documents that suggest that Jesus was married, resurrects a subject that demands reevaluation by the Catholic Church.

So Lady Gaga's Not Madonna, but Is She the Lost Star?

Roxane Assaf | Posted 08.21.2012 | Entertainment
Roxane Assaf

Some of the world's heaviest thinkers on faith and history infuse this topic with a gravitas worthy of all the effort. The question is which flavor of Mary Magdalene you like best.

Was Jesus Married? 20 Conspiracy Theories About Jesus | Posted 05.07.2012 | Weird News

The story of Jesus is well known in the Western world. But what details might the canonized version leave out? Some scholars now point to a few...

Sadly, It Seems Sandra Fluke Wasn't The First Woman Falsely Accused of Being a Prostitute by an Intimidated Man.

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 05.16.2012 | Women
Sarah O'Leary

It seems the Bible never referred to Mary Magdalene as a prostitute. A Catholic Pope did.

Is God A Novelist?

Elizabeth Cunningham | Posted 11.26.2011 | Religion
Elizabeth Cunningham

What good fiction does whether it's a Bible story, a fairytale, a popular children's serie, or a detective thriller is to invite the reader to identify with a flawed human being who faces harrowing choices and odds.

HuffPost Religion Round-Up: July 17-24

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 09.22.2011 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Gay Marriage, Extremists, Bible Edits, Religious Reading, Jewish Wisdom, and Praying with the President - It's been a busy week on HuffPost Religion.

Who Was Mary Magdalene?

Bruce Chilton | Posted 09.21.2011 | Religion
Bruce Chilton

Mary Magdalene's three gifts of Spirit are her inheritance: dissolving what is impure or evil, offering ointment for sickness and discernment, and vision to perceive the spiritual truth of resurrection.

What Didn't Make It Into The Bible?

Bart D. Ehrman | Posted 09.20.2011 | Religion
Bart D. Ehrman

For a complete picture of what the earliest Christians "knew" about Jesus, the books of the New Testament are not enough. One also needs to read the books that did not make it into Scripture.

(R)evolution in Theater: "The Magdalene" at St. Clements

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | Posted 08.28.2011 | Arts
Lisa Paul Streitfeld

Who is Mary Magdalene really? We know she was involved with Jesus...but how? As his disciple? Spiritual companion? Or perhaps his wife? ...

WATCH: Couple Claims To Be Jesus And Mary Magdalene

AOL Weird News | Steven Hoffer | Posted 11.16.2011 | Weird News

At long last, Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene have returned. Or at least that's what one Australian couple wants you to think. Cult watchers are ke...

Lady Gaga's 'Judas' Video: Blasphemy Or Brilliant?

Posted 07.06.2011 | Entertainment

UPDATE: Catholic League President Bill Donohue released a statement after watching the video, and was somewhat less critical of the religious aspects ...

Mary Magdalene: A Heroine Of Biblical Proportions

Rev. Anne Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Anne Howard

I wanted, with all my 14-year-old earnestness, to be Mary Magdalene. What I wanted to emulate, as a 14-year-old and now, all these decades later, what I want all women to emulate, is her passion, her bold passion.