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    • Dr. Mary Ford
    • 08.09.13 | 22:12 (IDT)

    The idea that St. Mary Magdalen was the penitent prostitute seems to have originated in the West around the 6th c. This was never part of the Eastern Orthodox tradition (though in the 19th c. and later, some Orthodox picked it up from Roman Catholic sources). The service for her indicates this, and the special main hymn for her calls her "an apostle to the apostles."

    from the article: Archaeological discoveries at Magdala show: Christians and Jews are coming full circle
    First published 16:16 08.09.13 | Last updated 16:16 08.09.13
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