Mary Magdalene has long been a misunderstood and controversial character in the New Testament and the church. Often dismissed as a sinner, Mary is nevertheless perhaps one of Jesus’ closest disciples, and the one who, according to the Gospel of John, is the first disciple to have encountered the risen Jesus. But why is the biblical record in many ways so confusing about her? What does the Bible actually have to say about this woman?
This two-part video series details the research of Dr. Elizabeth Schrader Polczer into ancient manuscripts that reveal textual variants regarding Mary Magdalene. Her work has been ground -breaking and she has been in demand as a speaker and researcher. Dr Schrader Polczer received her Ph.D in Early Christianity from Duke University. She will be joining the faculty as Assistant Professor of New Testament at Villanova University in the fall of 2023.
The first session will explore how text critical studies can illuminate and give us new perspective on the portrayal of Mary in the Gospel of John, chapters 11 and 20. The second session will delve into the potential meanings of “Magdalene” and what both canonical and extracanonical gospels have to tell us about Mary’s role among the early (and later) disciples.
Instructor: Elizabeth Schrader Polczer, Doctoral Candidate at Duke University
Lutheran School of Theology St Louis
Teachers and life-long learners in theological study together at a high level of excellence rooted in the Word of God