CHAPTER 7 : THE REAL MOTHER MARY
Mary magdalene was not from magdala
Magdalene does not mean from magdala. A village magdala did not exist at the time.
Mary magdalene is an overwrite for the real mother of jesus bar saba.
Christian lore has it, that mary magdalene was called magdalene from her home town of magdala. But the new testament does not say so at all .
Now if you browse the web, you will find many mainstream sites giving for granted that a city of magdala on lake tiberias has been found by archaeologists and excavated. Truth is, there is no shred of evidence that such excavations are to be identified with a magdala with certainty.
See this article for instance :
" Following Taylor, I suggest the following: 6th-century pilgrims (or their guides!), while en route to Capernaum from Nazareth or Tiberias, passed Magadan, which was still in ruins from the earthquake of 363. They understood the name to be a corruption of Magdala. The first pilgrim to locate Magdala on the road from Tiberias to Capernaum was Theodosius in 530 AD. In the 8th century, an Anglo-Saxon nun named Hugeburc mentions that this was the Magdalene's birthplace,
and she also mentions a pilgrim church called the House of the Magdalene, where Mary was relieved of her seven demons. J. Wilkinson, Jerusalem Pilgrims before the Crusades, Warminster: Aris and Phillips, 2002. The Franciscan archaeologists have found the ruins of a Byzantine monastery. Starting in the 6th century (or perhaps already in the 5th) scribes "corrected" Matthew 15:39 to read "Magdala" instead of "Magadan." The name stuck: until the Arab-Israeli War of 1948 there was an Arab village here called Mejdal. "
Except that a hamlet Magadan is also unattested to except in some Matthew-gospel manuscripts !!!
Clearly, there is a lot of deliberate disinformation and obfuscation here on the part of the gospel forgers and their editors. Let us take a closer look at the hard data here : again, no NT author ever connects mary magdalene to a village of magdala. Only later christian lore, extrabiblical lore, does so. Matthew 15:39 does not mention mary magdalene at all . It mentions a village on the shores of lake tiberias aka sea of galilee, where jesus lands by boat. In matthew´s manuscripts carrying this passage, only a part reads magdala here. Others read magdalan. Others still, maghedan !!! And others, magadan !!! O wondrous harmony of the word of god !!!
Furthermore, none of these toponyms is attested to anywhere by archaeology, epigraphy or any other literature, except here in matthew !!! That is, none of them, whether MAGDALA or MAGDALAN or MAGHEDAN or MAGADAN has been identified with certainty.
Which leads us to suspect, that none of them ever existed at all, and were all fabricated by the gospel forgers and their editors.
The only comparable toponym in palestine is MIGDAL-EL, mentioned in the book of joshua 19:38, but as a stronghold or fortress, not as a city !!
Furthermore this fort has never been identified.
And : it would be extremely uncommon for MIG to beget MAG, because an apophony i>a is rare. Therefore on a normal basis, you do not go from migdal to magdala.
Migdal-el means tower of god in hebrew ; magdala does not. It cannot. It is something else.
Remember that the old testament is a fabrication too, and therefore we cannot rule out that this stronghold of migdal-el cited in the book of joshua, be itself a forgery.
CHAPTER 8 : NONPLACE DALMANOUTHA
But it gets much worse for the gospel forgers and their lying editors : if we now move on to mark, who in his parallel narrative mentions this village on lake tiberias the alleged jesus allegedly landed at, we encounter a very different toponym altogether : mark 8:10 features a DALMANOUTHA !!!
Again : in mark too here, there is no link to mary magdalene at all - it´s only jesus and his disciples landing by boat at this "dalmanoutha".
And it doesn´t end here : because only part of mark´s manuscripts here read dalmanoutha ; others have DALMOUNAI !!!
Others still revert to matthew´s mess and feature :
MAGHEDA ; MAGDALA ; MAGADA ; MELEGADA !!!
Again, o wondrous harmony of the word of god !!!!
Summing it up thus far : between matthew and mark, the alleged birthplace or town of residence of the alleged "mary magdalene" was called :
MAGDALA ; MAGDALAN ; MAGHEDAN ; MAGADAN ; MAGHEDA ; MAGADA ; MELEGADA ; DALMANOUTHA ; DALMOUNAI !!!
If this is the word of god, then god badly needs an ophthalmologist .
Do not confuse magdala with Μεγιδδώ/Μαγεδδών, Megiddó/Mageddón in the Septuagint :
such is the greek rendering for megiddo, not magdala. Megiddo has nothing to do with magdala and noone ever proposed such an identification. Furthermore, megiddo is not even on the sea of galilee, where the alleged magdala is supposed to have been .
Even if we were to regroup the first 7 variae lectiones in matthew´s and mark´s manuscripts here,magdala/magdalan/maghedan/magadan/magheda/magada/melegada into just 1 set of copyist mistakes for a supposed original magdala, there would be left out dalmanoutha and dalmounai which have themselves never been identified, and cannot be ascribed to copyist error, as they differ too much from magdala.
AND LET IT BE REPEATED ONCE MORE . NEITHER MATTHEW NOR MARK LINK ANY OF THESE UNATTESTED PLACES TO MARY MAGDALENE .
NOR DOES THE REST OF THE NEW TESTAMENT. NOR DOES ANYONE ELSE FOR CENTURIES :
" from the 6th century onward, Christian pilgrims knew our site as Magdala, home town of Mary Magdalene. Earlier sources, namely, Eusebius, Jerome, and the 4th-century pilgrims - recognized no Magdala " : from the article cited above :
Again : before 500 ce, noone ever linked magdala to mary, or even mentioned or showed awareness of a town magdala on the lake of tiberias.
Noone that is, except MAYBE for 2 mentions in the talmud, whose dating is controversial in and for itself.