Re: [XTalk] Was Jesus married? (Was: da vinci)
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From: "nancy" <nljmail@...>
Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2004 11:55 AM
Subject: Re: [XTalk] Was Jesus married? (Was: da vinci)
> In Spong's "Born of a Woman" chapter 13 is a speculation on the
> of Jesus' marriage to Mary M.
> One point he made, and I've never seen it elsewhere, is that Magdalene
> meant "Great", I've seen of Magdala (town), I've seen that it meant
> washerwoman (from questionable sources). Has anyone else ever brought up
> that Magdalene means "Great Mary". He points out that Mary M is mentioned
> in all 4 gospels and is apparently much more important than Jesus' mother,
> Mary in the early church.
I don't know where the idea of "great" came from and it must be from
mem(qubbutz)gimel(shwa)dalet(qamatz)lamed. It is not only pronounced
moogeDAL it is the hoph of gadOL (great) as in Shabbat Gadol. Aramaic
MIGdal mem(hiriq qatan)gimel(shwa)dalet(qamatz)lamed means "Tower" and the
town in Galilee by Lake gennesseret was called Migdal Nunaiya (Tower of
fish) and was a town where the fishing industries processed their fish.