Mary Magdalene; a film

Mary Magdalene; a film

There is a film released this week for viewing at main cinemas, it depicts the life of Mary Magdalene. I have only seen the trailer, but I do intend to watch the film. I am always interested how MSM portray the Bible and Christianity.

Mary Magdalene Trailer (2018) Rooney Mara Jesus Movie

It as already started some opposition, in the fact that it appears to portray a romantic [more then just a platonic] relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus. This in itself is not unusual; there have been many film, and book portrayals concerning this alleged relationship.

Mary Magdalene [Mary M is mentioned only a few times in the Gospels.

Matthew chapter 26 verses 6 to 13

Jesus’ Anointing

Now while Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of expensive perfumed oil, and she poured it on his head as he was at the table. When the disciples saw this, they became indignant and said, “Why this waste? It could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor!” When Jesus learned of this, he said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a good service for me. For you will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me! When she poured this oil on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”

Whilst there is no mention who this woman is, most Christians believe that it was Mary M [who was said to be a prostitute] and that Jesus forgave her sins. She then joined Jesus and his disciples on his journey.

Mark chapter 15 verses 21 to 41

The Crucifixion

The soldiers forced a passer-by to carry his cross, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country (he was the father of Alexander and Rufus). They brought Jesus to a place called Golgotha (which is translated, “Place of the Skull”). They offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. Then they crucified him and divided his clothes, throwing dice for them, to decide what each would take. It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. The inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” And they crucified two outlaws with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by defamed him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! You who can destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself and come down from the cross!” In the same way even the chief priests, together with the experts in the law were mocking him among themselves: “He saved others, but he cannot save himself! Let the Christ, the king of Israel, come down from the cross now, that we may see and believe!” Those who were crucified with him also spoke abusively to him.

Jesus’ Death

Now when it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. Around three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” When some of the bystanders heard it they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah!” Then someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Leave him alone! Let’s see if Elijah will come to take him down!” But Jesus cried out with a loud voice and breathed his last. And the temple curtain was torn in two, from top to bottom. Now when the centurion, who stood in front of him, saw how he died, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!” There were also women, watching from a distance. Among them was Mary Magdalene, Salome and Mary the mother of James the younger and also of Jesus. When he was in Galilee, they had followed him and given him support. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were there too.

“Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” The above is commonly used to prove that Jesus was not the Son of God. After all how can God cry out to God? Then again, if he was God who came to live alongside mankind to better understand the feelings of mankind. Would he not feel the despair, and the pain and humiliation of being deserted by his disciples and mocked by the crowd who until recently believed and followed him?

The crowd, who previously had followed and listened to his teachings, mocked him. Just proves how people can be manipulated even in this so-called enlightened day, when we believe we make, or come to our own decisions?

It goes on to say Mary M and Mary [Jesus’s Mother] watched from a distance. Again woman can be forced to stand behind men?

John chapter 20 verses 10 to 18

Jesus’ Appearance to Mary Magdalene

So the disciples went back to their homes. But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. As she wept, she bent down and looked into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white sitting where Jesus’ body had been lying, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” Mary replied, “They have taken my Lord away, and I do not know where they have put him!” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.

Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?” Because she thought he was the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will take him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni” (which means Teacher). Jesus replied, “Do not touch me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father. Go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” Mary Magdalene came and informed the disciples, “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them what Jesus had said to her.

The fact that the first person, who Jesus spoke to after his death was a mere woman. Plus the fact it was Mary Magdalene as long been used to prove? That a] Jesus had a close relationship with Mary M and/or b] that Mary played a extremely important role in Jesus’s Ministry?

Fact or fiction it as been used many times in books and films to suit the writers viewpoint [why upset a good story with too many facts] It as also caused an uproar of many fundamentalist Christians [Yes there are fundamentalist Christians, Islam is not the only ones to have fundamentalists] Who have complained, called these books and films blasphemous etc.

The following is one just example


In it he calls the film blasphemous, even though he as only seen the trailer. But he does intend to go into more detail after he as watched the film. So I shall be watching out for that. I hope he keeps an open mind and is not too biased with his own agenda.

On this subject, here is one of many films about Mary M, which I believe whilst telling Mary M’s story [with a few embellishments] keeps mainly to facts and the relationship of John the Baptist with Jesus. I think it is well worth an hour or so of your time.

Mary Magdalene; A film of her life

Christianity. You may despise it. Ridicule it. Or even try to ban it. But it is like the sun on a cloudy day. It is always there above the clouds, just waiting to break through and bring light and comfort.