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by Wayne Blank
"And He sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala." (KJV)
During the time of His ministry, Jesus Christ lived in northern Galilee, at Capernaum, a short distance north from Magdala along the shore of the sea. During His travels southward, including down to Jerusalem, Jesus would have walked many times on the road through Magdala, but the town is perhaps most famous as the home and/or birthplace of a lady popularly known as Mary of Magdala, or Mary Magdalene (which incorrectly gives the impression that Magdala was her surname, when in fact it was her home town; calling Mary of Magdala "Mary Magdala" would be like calling Jesus of Nazareth "Jesus Nazareth"), who became the first human witness of Christ's Resurrection.
Mary of Magadan
Mary had some serious difficulties in her earlier life before meeting Jesus. She had seven demons cast out of her (Luke 8:2, see also Casting Out Demons), but she later joined with the others, including The Twelve, who accompanied Jesus at times during His ministry (Luke 8:1-2). At Calvary, she stood with Mary the mother of Jesus and the others at the foot of he Cross (John 19:25-26, see also Crossing The T), making her a witness of both the Crucifixion and The Resurrection:
"The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early [see Sunday Is Not The Sabbath to understand how and why so many people have misunderstood when the crucifixion and the resurrection of Jesus Christ actually occurred), when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid Him."
Fact Finder: Along with Mary of Magdala, did Jesus' aunt, the sister of His mother Mary, also witness The Crucifixion?