Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Mary Magdalene: Author of the Fourth Gospel?

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Mary Magdalene- Author Of Fourth Gospel
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Mary Magdalene: Author of the Fourth Gospel?
by Ramon K. Jusino, M.A.
© 1998


This article makes a case for ascribing authorship of the Fourth Gospel (the Gospel of John) in the New Testament
to Mary Magdalene. As far as I know -- no previously published work has made an argument in support of this
hypothesis. Most biblical scholars today assert that the Fourth Gospel was authored by an anonymous follower of
Jesus referred to within the Gospel text as the Beloved Disciple. It is posited here that, in an earlier tradition of the
Fourth Gospel's community, the now "anonymous" Beloved Disciple was known to be Mary Magdalene. It is further
posited that Mary Magdalene is the true founder and hero of what has come to be known as the Johannine
Community (i.e., Mary Magdalene was one of the original apostolic founders and leaders of the early Christian
I realize that this hypothesis may seem very radical and perhaps unorthodox to you. However, I believe that it is
well-founded and I respectfully offer the following in support of it. The evidence supporting this thesis includes
some of the Gnostic Christian writings of the Nag Hammadi Library, and internal evidence from the text of the
Fourth Gospel itself. This study also relies heavily on the Johannine Community research done by Raymond E.
Brown (America's foremost Catholic biblical scholar).
I have made every attempt to write this article in such a way that it can be easily followed and understood by those
without prior biblical scholarship knowledge. It is written and dedicated to those who embrace the love of God, who
love and respect the church, and who are open-minded enough to investigate new ideas without feeling threatened
by them. (A Works Cited list is provided for you at the end of this article.)

Mary Magdalene- Author Of Fourth Gospel
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