Mary Magdalene

posted December 18th, 2017

bartmcneely

I need to put a date on an important hypothesis of mine. I am not sure if others have come to a similar conclusion, but for at least several months, I’ve seen the lack of information about Mary Magdalene, Lazarus, & Nicodemus, in Matthew, Mark, and Luke, as being a wise & deliberate act of obscuring their identities in order to protect them, as living witnesses at the time of authorship.  This concept is far reaching, and is supported by writers such as Arthur Stapylton Barnes.

Mary Magdalene in particular was a key eyewitness.

It was she who wet Jesus pre resurrection feet with her tears, wiped them with her hair, then clasped the post resurrection feet.

While it could be argued that, in some instances, the disciples simply thought they saw Jesus, Mary Magdalene on the other hand, was acquainted with the living, the dead, and the resurrected feet…

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Peter: The Black Hole

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Peter’s enormous influence, conspicuous absence, and deliberate concealment in the New Testament likens him to a black hole: When an important figure like Silas got near, he too was blacked out, impossible to locate, made invisible by Luke and Paul.

A Black Hole is “a celestial object that has a gravitational field so strong that light cannot escape it and that is believed to be created especially in the collapse of a very massive star.” (Merriam Webster)

According to my simplified definition, it is something so massive that its gravitational pull lets no light escape. It is there, but it cannot be seen. To the naked eye, it looks like nothing is there. But the absence is conspicuous. Anything around it disappears.

Sometime between September 2016 and July 2017 I began to map out every minor name in the New Testament, from Epaphras to Sosthenes. I wanted to know where…

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James’ Execution: Too Close to Home

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Jesus’ mother, Mary, was cared for by John. When John’s brother, James, was executed by Herod, this must have sent a chill through the early Christian community.

I speculate that when James the brother of John was executed by Herod, this was an alarm signal to the Apostles. Usually our attention goes right on to Peter who was next. We know that he miraculously escaped, but what I wish to draw our attention to is this:

James was the brother of John.

John was the one to whom Jesus had entrusted the care of his mother, Mary.

Therefore John was a highly esteemed pillar, one whose identity and whereabouts had to be kept under close guard. He was too valuable a witness, as was Mary, to write to, or write about in the early history of the church. Certainly Luke did write about him, along with Peter, in the…

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Wikipedia Theology: Reader Beware

What if you discovered that your doctor, dentist, or orthopedic surgeon graduated from an institution that chose textbooks that could be edited by anyone in the world at any moment? What if I could go in and change the recipes at your favorite restaurant any time I wanted to? What if anyone in the world … Continue reading Wikipedia Theology: Reader Beware