Gospel of Mary Magdalene

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The Gospel of Mary Magdalene is a Gnostic Christian writing from the 2nd Century A.D.[1] It survives in partial form written on papyrus in Coptic.

The story told features a meeting of the Disciples in which St. Peter asks Mary Magdalene to reveal to the Disciples any sayings of Christ (here called "The Teacher") of which they may not have been aware. Mary does so, and Peter is astonished at the vision of Christ which she tells.

Although Peter acknowledges, "Sister, we know that the Teacher loved you differently from other women . . ." he is unwilling to accept the idea that Mary held a special place for Christ. Peter asks the disciples, "How is it possible that the Teacher talked in this manner with a woman about secrets of which we ourselves are ignorant . . . Did he really choose her, and prefer her to us?" Mary asks Peter, ". . . do you believe that I would lie about our Teacher?" In the end Peter is chastised by Levi: "Peter, you have always been hot-tempered, and now we see you repudiating a woman, just as our adversaries do. Yet if the Teacher found her worthy, who are you to reject her?"

The Gospel is apocryphal and was not discovered until the late 19th Century and not translated until the 1950s.


  1. The Gospel of Mary Magdalene (2002) Translated by Jean-Yves Leloup, Introduction, p. 6

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