Myriam of Magdala, wife of Yahoshua

WE have so far established that of all the women close to the scriptural Jesus whose actual name is Yahoshua the Nazarene, Myriam of Magdala was there from the beginning (Luke 8:1-3), during and after his ministry (Mark 15:40, Matthew 27:56, John 19:25, and Luke 23:49). She was witness to his persecution and visited his burial chamber while his disciples had deserted him and went into hiding fearing for their lives. She was the first to be charged with the supreme responsibility of proclaiming what had become of him. Touched by grief and love, she also appeared at the burial chamber (Matthew 27:61; Mark 15:47) where she had gone to anoint him, as it was done traditionally. She had come very early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw the stone already taken away from the mouth of the tomb (John 20:1).

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Myriam’s presence at the crucifixion and Yahoshua’s tomb is consistent with a role of a grieving wife and widow. She was the first person to receive a direct apostolic commission from Yahoshua the Nazarene by being instructed to take the news of his ‘resurrection’ to other disciples. Although the accounts of the discovery of the empty tomb are different, all the four Gospels (Matthew 28:1; Mark 16:9, 9; Luke 24:10 and John 20:1) agree that Myriam of Magdala was the primary and female witness about everything that was happening to the adult Yahoshua from the age of 30. In Luke 7:36-50, Myriam of Magdala performed an act of reverential love towards Yahoshua the Nazarene. She not only anointed his feet, wiping them also with her hair, but that she likewise poured the precious ointment of spikenard so liberally upon his head that the house was filled with its odour.

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Myriam of Magdala was a temple priestess and according to ancient tradition, a ritual union with a priestess was so crucial if the king/priest was to be recognised in his divinely blessed and royal status as the anointed one. ( Matthew 26:7 and Mark 14:3). She would then “anoint” him as a symbol of consummation of their nuptials. According to Judaic tradition, the highly regarded oil for the purposes of anointing was specially manufactured based on a precise recipe (Exodus 30:22-25) and its misuse strictly forbidden (Exodus 30:21-33).

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It was her who “christed” (derived from “chrio” or “chriso”, which means anointed with scented unguents or oil) the scriptural Jesus (Yahoshua) on his head with oil through a “Rite of Anointing” that took place at Bethany, six days before Passover and Yahoshua’s persecution (Matthew 26:7-12, Mark 14:3-9 and John 12:3).

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There is nowhere Yahoshua was anointed with oil as a king or priest apart from this incident. “In Israel, the ritualistic act of anointing was performed to inaugurate people into certain specific offices, and only offices that had no earthly superior and were subsequently only to (the Divine). Thus only a high priest (Leviticus 4:3), a prophet and a king would be anointed into office (I Kings 19:16). Regular priests and certain venerable objects would be concentrated by receiving a mere sprinkling of the oil (Exodus 30:26, Leviticus 8:30).” (www.abarim-publications.com) One who anoints another, must have already attained that level and is specifically chosen to do so. In Greek, this oil was called “chrism” (a derivation of the ancient Chaldean word, “chrs” or with vowels, “chris,” in turn, derived from “krs” of Ancient Egypt).

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“To be “anointed” in ancient Hebrew culture meant to be chosen as the rightful heir to authority as a priest, king or both. It was a rite of special consecration to have oil poured upon one’s head from a ram’s horn by a chosen servant of the Divine. Several kings and priests of Israel received this rite, most notably King David, who was himself called “mashiach” or anointed one (www.messianic.com/articles/messiah.htm). Yahoshua the Nazarene was anointed by Myriam of Magdala and this shows her special role that has been suppressed by literalist Christians. The Gospel of Philip (written in the second century) states; “The Chrism is superior to baptism, for it is from the word ‘Chrism’ that we have been called ‘Christians’, certainly not because of the word ‘baptism’. “And it from the ‘Chrism’ that the ‘Christ’ has his name.

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For the Father anointed the Son, and the Son anointed the apostles, and the apostles anointed us. “He who has been anointed possesses everything. He possesses the resurrection, the Light, the cross, the Holy Spirit. The Father gave him this in the bridal chamber, he merely accepted the gift. The Father was in the Son and the Son in the Father. This is the Kingdom of Heaven.” The gospel furthers says, “There were three who always walked with the Lord: (Myriam), his mother, and her sister, and Magdalene, the one who was called his companion.

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His sister and his mother and his companion were each a (Myriam).” In original Greek, “companion” meant consort and in Aramaic it meant “spouse”. It goes on, “And the companion of the Saviour is Mary Magdalene. But Christ loved her more than all the disciples and used to kiss her often on her mouth. The rest of the disciples were offended by it and expressed disapproval. They said to him, ‘Why do you love her more than all of us?’ The Saviour answered and said to them, ‘Why do I not love you like her?’” No matter how much lowly the Literalist Christendom has treated her, she is not a minor character in Yahoshua’s life and teachings.

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Myriam of Magdala (“Myriam, the Tower of the Divine”) was both a disciple and wife of Yahoshua the Nazarene Rabbi, a bearer of some arcane knowledge, and knew the importance of the eternal conjunction of the masculine and feminine principles to sustain and advance life (“ankh”). References:patheos.com/community/markdroberts/series/was-jesus-married-a-careful-look-at-the-real-evidence :valerietarico.com/2012/10/02/was-jesus-married-a-religion-scholar-decodes-the-clues For feedback, contact shingaindoro@gmail.com or Twitter@shingaiRndoro. A gallery of previous articles is found at www.sundaymail.co.zw/?author=266. Comment on Twitter using, #ChiselTheDebris, #DeconstructTheScriptures, #ImproveHumanity.