Mary Magdalene is highly regarded by Christians for many reasons, one of which is that she was the first person to see Jesus after he was resurrected. (John 20:10-18).
The Roman Catholic, Anglican and Eastern Orthodox churchs revere her as a saint. Christians celebrate an annual feast on July 22. Many Christian churches and schools are named after her.
Her name literally means "Mary of Magdala," which is a town on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee. "Magdala" is the name for the town in the Aramaic language. The Hebrew-language name is often rendered in English as "Migdol" or "Migdal."
She was possessed by demonic spirits until she was healed by Jesus (Luke 8:2). Afterwards, she began to follow Jesus. She was present during the crucifixion and burial of Jesus.
Click here for an online Bible showing the verses that mention Mary Magdalene by name: BibleGateway.com - Mary Magdalene
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