Mary Magdalene was from an affluent fishing village of Magdala, which means "tower". A devout follower of Jesus, she and several other women traveled with him and his disciples, providing financial support for them. We aren't told her marital or family status in the Bible, but we know that Jesus had cast out seven demons from her. She was greatly devoted to Jesus and followed him all the way until his death on the cross. She was the first to the tomb to discover he was missing, the first person Jesus appeared to after his resurrection, and the first sent by him to tell the disciples that he was alive. It has commonly been assumed in the church that she was a prostitute, or that she was the sinful woman who anointed Jesus' feet, but there is no mention of these in scripture. In Eastern Orthodox and Catholic tradition, she has been given the title of Apostle to the Apostles. (Matthew 27-28, Luke 8-24, Mark 15-16, John 19-20)
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