Was Jesus Married
To Mary Magdalene?
By: Marcus Allgood
In my Book "What Da Vinci Really Didn't Want You To Know" I speak about the possible marriage between Mary Magdalene and Jesus. This is not an important issue in the Islamic or Judaic culture because they do not deify him. But because of religious dogma, some put their heads in the sand and deny any possibility that Jesus may have been married. Because it would suggest that he was man and perhaps even a prophet, and it diminishes a bit from his divinity.I want to explore this idea further …..
Mary Magdalene (original Greek Μαρία ἡ Μαγδαληνή), or Mary of Magdala, was one of Jesus' most celebrated disciples, and the most important female disciple in the movement of Jesus ("Saint Mary Magdalene." Encyclopædia Britannica.Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Encyclopædia Britannica, 2011. Web. 04 Mar. 2011.). Jesus cleansed her of "seven demons", She became Jesus' close friend and most prominent during his last days, being present at the cross after the male disciples had fled, and at his burial. She was the first person to see Jesus after his Resurrection,according to both John 20 and Mark 16:9.
Mary Magdalene appears with more frequency than other women in the canonical Gospels and is shown as being a close follower of Jesus. Mary's presence at the Crucifixion and Jesus' tomb, has been suggested to be as at least consistent with the role of grieving wife and widow.
In the book, Boodline of the Holy Grail, Laurence Gardner provides convincing evidence that the Catholic Church later deleted all references to Jesus’ marriage to the Magdalene. One of the points he makes is that it was the Hebrew custom in Bible times that the Groom provide the wine for the wedding. He correctly points out that in the New Testament story about the wedding at Cana, the people expected Jesus to provide the abundance of wine, which demonstrates that he was the Groom. When the Bible was edited to delete all references to the marriage of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, they missed that little detail. That is the ‘smoking gun’. So, we do agree with The DaVinci Code portrayal of Jesus and the Magdalene as being married. However, we don’t agree with everything in the book.
In Judaism, marriage is viewed as a contractual bond commanded by God in which a man and a woman come together to create a relationship in which God is directly involved. Though procreation is not the sole purpose, a Jewish marriage is also expected to fulfill the commandment to have children. The main focus centers around the relationship between the husband and wife. On the spiritual level, marriage is understood to mean that the husband and wife are merging into a single soul. This is why a man is considered "incomplete" if he is not married, as his soul is only one part of a larger whole that remains to be unified (Babylonian Talmud, Yebomoth 62b). And if Jesus was to be the fulfillment of the law and the prophets (Quran 5:46 & Matthew 5:17-18), he would not have missed out on one of the most important principles of the law that is marriage.
****JESUS WAS A JEWISH RABBI **** The title "Rabbi"(Teacher & Master of the Torah) occurs (in Greek transliteration ῥαββί rhabbi) in the books of Matthew, Mark and John in the New Testament, where it is used in reference to "Scribes and Pharisees" as well as to Jesus ( See Matthew 26:25, Mark 9:5 and John 3:2 (among others)). And in Rabbinic literature - that is Talmudic literature - there are numerous statements endorsing marriage positively and at the same time commenting negatively on celibacy (TB 29 b; TB Yev. 62b, 63a;). Thus Rabbis, including Jesus, were married.
The Gospel of Philip depicts Mary as Jesus' Koinōnos (κοινωνός), a Greek term indicating a "close friend" or "companion". This verse reads: (Brackets appear where words of the document are missing or illegible).
The Greek word that is translated into English as Consort implies a romantic partnership and is often translated as Wife. Mary Magdalene is mentioned as one of three Marys' "who always walked with the Lord" and as his companion (Philip 59.6-11). The work also says that Lord loved her more than all the disciples, and used to kiss her often (63.34-36) ...
The Quran only mentions some of the wives of the prophets (and doesn't state their names), In fact only 1 woman is even NAMED in the Quran and that is Mary/(Maryam - مريم) his mother. The others' names come from other traditions. Most of the women in the Quran are represented as either the mothers or wives of certain leaders and prophets. Although we know Ḥawwāh; Arabic: حواء -(Eve) was Adam's wife, the Quran doesn't mentioned her name (See Surah Sura 20 (Ta-Ha), ayat 117). But what Allah Almighty said in His description of the Messengers:
The fundamental basis of the religion of Islam is called tawheed, meaning that there is only ONE GOD with no partners or associates with him. And NO ONE is denying that Jesus believed in this oneness of God, tawheed, that doesn't detract that he was married no more than it does demean you being married from the total submission to God-Allah, which is Islam. The Quran doesn't mention if he was married or not, it is not even mentioned in the traditions of Islam (hadith) thus Muslims can not speak to the issue intelligibly except that he was a Jew and Jews did marry. And that Marriage is also sacred in Islam, and the "sunan" or way of the messengers of God. A example of the Islamic view of marriage is....
Even in Arabic-Islamic culture, marriage is considered half of your deen (religion). And if that is the case, there can be no way Jesus can be considered as not being married because he was considered as one of the greatest prophets of ALLAH. Was Jesus' DEEN HALF COMPLETE? What did Muhammad say on this subject?
Hence Jesus was included in with those whom Allah "gave favor above the nations: (To them) and to their fathers, and CHILDREN and brethren." And he guided to the straight way. Therefore the notion even exists in the Quran that he had children. Why would Jesus even be mentioned in these Ayahs (verses) if he did not have children, brothers, or a father?
This may seem Blasphemous to some. However,I did NOT say something that shows disrespect for God or a sacred thing. Marriage is sacred in Islam, and many of the Prophets of Allah were married, was it Blasphemous for them to be married? Adam was married- is that Blasphemous, Moses was married - was that Blasphemous, Abraham was married - was that Blasphemous, and Muhammad was married - was that Blasphemous? May peace and blessings be upon all of Allah's prophets. The Quran in Surah 2:253 states :
There are Islamic traditions that state that Jesus' marriage would take place upon his return to earth. The prophets were allowed to have more than one wife. Even Abraham had up to 3 wives himself. So that doesn't mean he wasn't married before he left, and that he gets married again after his return.
However, there is a correlation between the Muslim name for Jesus (Isa - عيسى) and the Essenses (Isiyim-Hebrew) and NOT Yahshua transliterated as Joshua in the English; (Hebrew: יְהוֹשֻׁעַ Yĕhôshúa‘; Greek: Ἰησοῦς,Arabic: يوشع بن نون Yūshaʿ ibn Nūn). The "traditional" Arabic name for Jesus is Yasu'. Yasu' = Ya + Sin + Waw + 'Ain. There is a major discrepancy between the Hebrew and Muslim Arabic forms of this name, since the original Hebrew form of this name has the voiced pharyngeal `Ayin ע or `Ayn ع consonant at the end of the name (as does Christian Arabic يسوع yasūʿ), while the Muslim Arabic form عيسى `īsā has the `Ayn at the beginning of the name. For this reason, some (such as Ahmed Deedat, in his book "Christ in Islam, pg 2) state the Arabic name Isa is related to the Biblical nameEsau(which begins with a pharyngeal); it is also similar in the vowels to the Aramaic version of Jesus, viz. Eeshoʿ (Aramaic forms of the name, however, still have the voiced pharyngeal `Ayn consonant at the end of the name).
Īsā likely was the Arabicized form of the name used among Syriac-speaking Christians, most likely derivative of the much older Essenes (Isiyim) . The Qur'an seems to rhyme this form ('Isa) to assimilate Jesus's name with Moses, or Mūsā. However, prior to the rise of Islam, Christian Arabs had already adopted this form ('Isa) from Syriac. And according to the Encyclopaedia of the Qurʼān, "Arabic often employs an initial 'ayn in words borrowed from Aramaic or Syriac and the dropping of the final Hebrew 'ayin is evidenced in the form Yisho of the 'koktiirkish' Manichaean fragments from Turfan."
Being that Jesus spoke Aramaic it is likely his name took on the Syriac-Aramaic form (Isa and not Yashua). There was a monastery named ʿĪsāniyya in Syria as early as 571 CE. More details about this monastery are provided by Alphonse Mingana who wrote: "A monastery in South Syria, near the territory of the Christian Ghassanid Arabs, bore in A.D. 571 the name ʿIsaniyah, that is to say, 'of the followers of Jesus,' i.e. of the Christians. See fol. 84b of the Brit. Mus. Syr. MS. Add., 14, 602, which is of the end of the sixth, or at the latest of the beginning of the seventh century."
In Arabic Isa means "having a white color...." (Dictionary of Quran, 'Abdul Mannan 'Omar, pg 398.) The Essenes were known to wear white. In the Quran the followers of Jesus—the Nasrani—were called the people in white. The Manichaeans who derived from the Mandaeans—or Nasoraeans—followers of John the Baptist were called white robes. All took their habit of wearing white from their ultimate founders, the Essenes, who called themselves Lebanon, which means white, because they habitually wore sparklingly white robes of fine linen. The book by Eibert Tigchelaar, “The White Dress of the Essenes and the Pythagoreans”, pg 312-313, the WHITE represented the "heavenly dress of Light worn by the Angels." In Surah 61:14 the word for disciples is al-hawariyyun meaning "those that wear white". Islamic scholar Muhammad Asad says in his commentary to Surah 3:52 (note 42):
Thus there is a strong possibility that Jesus was an Essene... but there is a slight possibility that he may not have been married because some of the Essenes were known to be celibate. But the Greek historian Josephus speaks also of another "order of Essenes" that observed the practice of being engaged for three years and then becoming married (Josephus (c. 75). The Wars of the Jews. book II, chap.8, para.13.) Even in the Essene scrolls, Jesus and Mary Magdalene are the couple that were wedded at Cana, where Jesus turned water into wine.
On September 18 the Huffington Post published an article entitled
" 'The Gospel Of Jesus' Wife,' New Early Christian Text, Indicates Jesus May Have Been Married". " A discovery by a Harvard researcher may shed light on a controversial aspect of the life of Jesus Christ." Harvard Divinity School professor Karen L. King says she has found an ancient papyrus fragment from the fourth century that, when translated, appears to indicate that Jesus was married.
The quote about Jesus' wife is part of a description of a conversation between Jesus and his disciples. In the conversation, Jesus talks about his mother twice and speaks once about his wife. One of them is identified as "Mary." His disciples discuss whether Mary is worthy of being part of their community, to which Jesus replies, “she will able to be my disciple.”
JESUS WAS MARRIED
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