The following article is taken from Chapter 8 of From Eternity to Here.
Preface: I’ve chosen to equate the unnamed woman in Luke 7 with Mary Magdalene. Note that this chapter is not a linear exegesis of Luke 7. Instead, it’s a right-brained exercise of story-telling of the text.
My reasons for equating Mary Magdalene with the woman in Luke 7 are as follows:
* The testimony of the Western Church for centuries has equated Mary Magdalene with the woman in Luke 7, hence the idea that Mary was a former prostitute.
* Magdala was known for its rampant prostitution.
* Mary Magdalene is specifically mentioned in Luke 8, right after the story of the “sinful woman” who anointed Jesus’ feet. Luke tells us that Jesus cast seven demons out of Mary.
* I’ve had experience with demon possessed people, and in every case, there was some form of sexual perversion involved. Every person I’ve spoken to who has cast demons out of people has made the same claim. So for us at least, it’s not outlandish to assume that Mary was the woman mentioned in Luke 7 coupled with the above points.
While it cannot be proven that the unnamed woman in Luke 7 was Mary Magdalene, neither can it be proven that she was not.[Continue Reading…]