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Monday, December 4 2017

Hometowns: Magdala

"And He ... took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala ... And it came to pass afterward, that He went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the Kingdom of God: and the twelve were with Him, and certain women ... Mary called Magdalene"

When the Messiah left Nazareth (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: Life In Nazareth), He thereafter became a resident of Capernaum (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: Capernaum On The Lake Shore) - a fishing village on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee (see also Why Were The First Apostles Fishermen Instead Of Carpenters?).

As shown on the historic map below, not far from Capernaum was another fishing village - Magdala, on the west coast of the Sea of Galilee. With the highlands surrounding the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan Valley, the Messiah's journey south to Judea (see also Why Was The South A Dangerous Place?), or north to Capernaum, would naturally have had Him pass frequently through Magdala.


The most-famous Biblical native of Magdala was Mary (her actual Hebrew name was Miriam) who became one of the first followers of the Messiah. Mary of Magdala ("Magdalene" referred to Magdala, her home town) remained with the Messiah throughout His Ministry, including as He died on the Cross (see The Crucifixion Of The Messiah).

"8:1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, 8:2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, 8:3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance." (Luke 8:1-3 KJV)

"19:25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene." (John 19:25 KJV)


Three days and three nights after the Crucifixion (see the Fact Finder question below), Mary of Magdala became the first human to talk with the risen Messiah.

"20:11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, 20:12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

20:13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou?

She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

20:14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

20:15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou?

She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

20:16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

20:18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her." (John 20:11-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why did Mary of Magdala find the Messiah's Tomb already empty, before sunrise, on the first day of the week?
See What Did Mary Of Magdala Discover?

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This Day In History, December 4

771: Charlemagne became the sole emperor of the Franks after the death of his brother Carloman (see also Biblical Eras: The Roman Empire And The Church Of Rome and Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs).

963: Holy Roman Emperor Otto deposed Pope John XII for dishonorable conduct and for plotting an armed conspiracy. Leo VIII succeeded as pope (see Emperors and Popes and The Struggle For The Papacy).

1110: During the First Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs), the Crusaders sacked Sidon (see also Into The Coasts Of Tyre And Sidon). Notice in the map below that Germany was then officially identified as the "Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

Europe in 1097
1154: Nicholas Breakspear became the only Englishman to be crowned pope. He reigned as Adrian IV.

1259: King Henry III of England and King Louis IX of France agreed to the Treaty of Paris whereby Henry renounced his claims to French-controlled territory on continental Europe (including Normandy) in exchange for Louis withdrawing his support for English rebels. France has had a very long history of inciting and supporting rebellions and revolutions against England, including that of the New England colonies in the 1700s in which France supported the insurgency while at the same time hypocritically tolerating no such independence in its own nearby colonies in what is today Louisiana and eastern Canada.

New France
1489: The Battle of Baza between the Spanish army and the Moors.

1563: The Council of Trent ended after 18 years.

1674: French Jesuit missionary Jacques Marquette constructed the first building of a mission in the wilderness area of Lake Michigan. Today the place is known as Chicago.

1791: The Observer, of Britain, the oldest Sunday newspaper in the world, was first published.

1809: The International Bible Society was founded. It has since distributed the Bible to over 150 countries in the world.

1829: Britain abolished the practice of "suttee" in India, in which the widow burned herself to death on her husband's funeral pyre.

1914: At the beginning of the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), the German Navy formed the first military seaplane force. It began operations from Zeebrugge, Belgium.

1918: The Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes was proclaimed. It became known as Yugoslavia (see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars).

Austrian Hungarian Empire
1952: The Great Smog of London began when vast amounts of coal smoke emitted from homes and factories, along with gasoline and diesel vehicle exhaust, combined with a unique cold fog from the Atlantic. The "smog" (the original and first use of the word smog - smoke and fog) killed thousands of people over that winter.

1981: Ronald Reagan officially (i.e. publicly admitted) authorized the CIA to conduct spy operations in the U.S. itself (millions of naive people were apparently oblivious to the reality that the CIA was already doing so, just as it had been right from the moment that it was created).

1991: Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) ceased operation due to bankruptcy.


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