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Thread #95461   Message #1858705
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
14-Oct-06 - 11:32 AM
Thread Name: Tune Req: Judas and Mary (Sydney Carter)
Subject: RE: Tune Req: Said Judas to Mary - Sydney Carter
"It's a lovely song, tells the tale of the Magdalene washing the feet of Jesus before his crucifixion..."

I attended a course on the history of the Bible, and our priest mentioned this story. There is no reason to think that the woman (apparently a harlot or other low-life) who came in and washed Jesus' feet was Mary Magdalene. Just because MM is mentioned by name a few chapters later is no reason to assume the two women are the same person.

Medieval scholars, influenced by centuries of misogyny, jumped to that conclusion. But there is no reason to think that MM was anything other than one of the disciples.

So enjoy the song, Squeak, but be aware that all in it is not what it seems.