Were Jesus And Mary Magdalene Married?

Many commentators and scholars now think so, and some of sound reputation have thought so throughout the centuries since the life and death of Jesus.

The answer is, however, that we really do not know. Some evidence seems to point that way, and support for the theory is growing… but that is its present position… that it is just a theory.

However, since it is a theory supported – although not definitively - by at least one of the Nag Hammadi gospels and by the author of The Da Vinci Code and many other writers and scholars who have accumulated a persuasive body of material, readers – whether it concurs with their personal opinions or not - have to take account of it in order to enter the world of Dan Brown’s novel.

In Bloodline of the Holy Grail, Laurence Gardner writes that Jesus and Mary Magadalene had undergone their Second Marriage ceremony at the time of the anointing at Bethany and that Mary Magdalene was three months pregnant when Jesus was crucified. Apart from referring to what he regards as reliably informative Gospel sources, he points out that the pregnancy would have fallen within the period designated by the strict rules of their religious community for the procreation of offspring, as sexual relations were permitted only each December.

It was considered ideal for a male heir to be born close to his father’s fortieth birthday. Dynastic marriages - such as Jesus and Mary Magdalene’s would have been - would have ideally taken place in the September of the bridegroom’s 39th year. But to allow for the contingency that the first child might be a girl, the First Marriage ceremony was often held in the September of the bridegroom’s 36th year. If no pregnancy resulted from the initial December matings, the couple were obliged to wait until the following December before resuming sexual relations.

Laurence Gardner sees Jesus’s First Marriage ceremony as having taken place in September in 30 AD; that is, during his 36th September and marked by the first anointing of his feet with the precious ointment, spikenard, by Mary Magdalene, as described by Luke (7:37-38). Mary conceived, he says, only in 32 AD, at which stage she anointed Jesus’s head and feet at Bethany as part of the ritual of the Second Marriage ceremony. (See Matthew 26:6; Mark 14:3; and John 12:1-3.)


Gardner believes that one of the reasons why Jesus’s marriage to Mary Magdalene is not mentioned in the New Testament is that it was deliberately removed by Church decree. Evidence for this surfaced when a manuscript of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople was found in a monastery at Mar Saba near Jerusalem by Professor Morton Smith of America’s Columbia University.

Simon Cox, however, in Cracking the Da Vinci Code, points out that even the Nag Hammadi Codices, which are often referred to as a source to support the theory of the marriage,  fails to provide concrete evidence, and that Philip’s mention of Jesus’s “consort” does not provide any real proof that a marriage took place. 

 

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