You are invited to attend the Jesus' Female Disciples Lecture Series where you'll hear from The Murdoch University International Theologian for 2019, Professor Joan Taylor, King’s College, London.
Of all Jesus’ female disciples, Mary Magdalene is the one who is remembered as pre-eminent. We tend to imagine her as young and beautiful, and sexy, and contemporary films have endorsed this tradition, stemming from a long tradition of western art. In this image, she is fused with a sinner who anoints Jesus’ feet. In the east, however, Mary was never fused with this character, and remained a modest and devoted disciple. We will consider her earliest representation, and how such art conveys theological meaning, and then try to imagine her in the clothing appropriate for her time on the basis of archaeology and art.