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"Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand"

(Neil Armstrong)

Jewish Law

Rogier van der Weyden’s Deposition (15th Century)
Notice the "bump" on Mary Magdalene, under the waistline & the wording on the belt JESUSMARIA in Latin. She is also wearing a wedding ring! It was the norm of the time to wear a wedding ring on the right hand not the left untill it changed in the 16th century and went to the left hand.

Everyone these days at some point must of heard about the bloodline story either through literature or films on the theory that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and had a child which carried the bloodline to this very day.

As mentioned before on other pages in this website, the relationship between Jesus and Mary was a close one which cannot be ignored. My first question as to the possible reasons why we debate about if Mary and Jesus was married is why the silence of the New Testament regarding the marital status of Jesus as virtually every Jewish man in Jesus’ day did marry, especially those who were considered to be Rabbis.

Jesus was unquie to other men of his time but in turn was in many ways a normal Jewish man or could he have been a married man too?  In the bible itself it says "And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary mother of James, and Salome had brought sweet spcies, that they might come and anoint him" (Mark Chapter 16 verse 1).  Jewish law says that only family members can anoint a man.  So what is Mary Magdalene doing, unless she is his wife.  Jesus himself is called a teacher on numerous times and yet by Jewish law, only married men may be teachers.  Also, unmarried men were considered to be a curse to Jewish society even though Jesus said he fulfilled the law and the prophets despite some people saying he was above Jewish law.  At the wedding in Cana, we see Jesus giving orders to servants, yet by Jewish law, only the groom or the grooms mother can give such orders.

 

Gnostic Perspective

Wooden carved statue of
Mary Magdalene and her daughter, Sarah
Magdalene Museum

Certain Gnostic circles of 2nd Century Christianity it was believed that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married, enjoying a relationship which was both physically and spiritually intimate.  Gnostic Scriptures are significantly more straightforward with regard to the sacred relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene.  Their belief that Mary Magdalene was the wife and divine consort of Jesus does not damage him as the Christ-bearer. Rather, this Gnostic view includes her as Christ-bearer also, so that in the sacred marriage of Jesus and Magdalene we have an image of Messianic consciousness embodied in both male and female form.

In these Century Coptic Gnostic Gospels we find more information on the relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene.  In the Gospel of Mary, Peter questions why Jesus would speak to Mary and not the other disciples and Levi speaks up and says "Surely the Savior knows her very well. That is why he loved her more than us."  In The Gospel of Philip we find a related text which says, “The companion of the Savior is Mary Magdalene. But Christ loved her more than all the disciples and used to kiss her often on the mouth.”

Crucifixion & Saint Sarah

St Sarah, possible daughter of Mary Magdalene.

If Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married it is possible they had their own family.  Through my research I have found that Mary Magdalene was indeed pregnant at the crucifixion between 30-33AD and probably around the age of 30 herself.  For her safety and the unborn baby, she along with others fled to Egypt were the Romans did not settle in large numbers at the time and as a result largely remained Greek.

Mary with her compainions including Joseph of Arimathea, arrived in Upper Egypt, via the Red Sea, more likley arriving in the city of Thebes, modern day Luxor.  This is probably were a girl was born, named Sarah who spent most of her young years there.  It is worth noting that not too far away lied Chenoboskion, modern day Nag Hammadi were in December 1945 a farmer discoverd a bunch of Gnostic Gospels, some dated from 340AD.  Also noteworthy is that  Joseph of Arimathea was previously known as Joseph de Marmore as he lived in Marmorica in Egypt before he moved to Arimathea.   This would suggest that Joseph was familiar with Egypt itself and its culture.

As the persecutions of the Christians intensifed by the Roman Empire it became apparent that not even Egypt was a safe haven and so they began to travel to lower Egypt, eventually arriving at the port of Alexandria.  Once there, they boarded a boat and following the Phoenician trade route known well to Jospeh of Arimathea, they set sail to Gual, modern day France, arriving between 36/37 around AD on the french coastel town named Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

France & England

Old Holy Card from France showing Mary Magdalene arriving at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in the
Magdalene Museum.

From Marseilles, Mary Magdalene with her twelve companions followed the path of the tin traders and traveled to Narbonne on the southern coast of France.  They then probably traveled by horseback across central France up the route through Figeac, Rocamadour, Limoges and on to Morlaix on the western coastal peninsula of France, were Mary and her company were met by a British Druidic delegation.

Mary Magdalene and her companions arrived at the Isle of Ictus (St. Michael’s Mount) around 39/40AD before heading towards the small Celtic town of Marazion.  The group then traveled around Lands End in southern Cornwall and up the western coast in what was called the seven seas, weaved in and out of mounds of this mystical land.  In the distance they would of seen Glastonbury Tor and Avalon, their destination.

Glastonbury, Isle of Avalon

Glastonbury Tor from the Air postcard
Magdalene Vault

As far as sacred sites go, then Glastonbury has to be up there with the best.  The landscape of Glastonbury is full of sacred sites and Glastonbury Tor is usually the first to be noticed as it towers over the surrounding countryside and can be seen from miles away when travelling towards this historic site in England.

Mary Magdalene and her companians would of approached this sacred site of what was called Avalon, from the west and their first point of contact would of been Bride's Mound, a tiny mound to the west of Glastonbury, at Beckery, the supposed gateway to Avalon.  Excavations on the Mound have revealed the remains of an early chapel dedicated to Mary Magdalene, This chapel was part of a Mary Magdalene hermitage and people would oftern come to worship her.

Past Bride's Mound they continued towards the their destination, resting at Wearly Hill, were tradition holds that Joseph of Arimathea planted his wooden staff into the ground and grew into a thorn bush.  Not far from Wearly Hill and what we know now as Glastonbury Abbey with it’s Mary Chapel is where the humble form of mud and thatch church which was founded sometime between 42- 48 A.D. by Joseph of Arimathea and Mary Magdalene amoungst others.

As seen on this website in the Gematria page, bulidings in Glastonbury were built by using this system of numerology and links in well with the gematria of the name Mary Magdalene.  Even the Mary Magdalene energy ley line runs through Glastonbury along with the Micheal Line.  Mary Magdalene stayed in Britian for quite some time and conflicting information makes it difficult on where she lived out her life.  Some people have said she went back to France at the caves of St Baume were her supposed skull is kept.  Other places include England, Scotland and even Wales but the most important part of Mary is the spiritual energy she left behind, the symbols which appear in sacred places and her encorgement for us to look beyond our own human senses in helping us on our spiritual understanding, expanding our horizons and thinking outside the box.