The passion (British drama serial) was one of the first dramas that did not portray her as the repentant prostitute.
Luke 8. She is one of the women who ministers to Jesus.
She is not the woman who anoints Jesus. She is not the woman caught in adultery, in John chapter 8.
If an apostle is a witness to the resurrection, which is Paul's definition, then Mary is an apostle.
For Luke, an apostle is someone who has witnessed the resurrection and accompanied Jesus during his ministry. She satisfies the criterion. In Mark 15:40-41 we discover that there are these key women who have followed Jesus and ministered to him. For Mark a great disciple has followed and served Jesus. Mary succeeds in this where many of the male disciples fail. Mary is there at the empty tomb in Mark and she is charged to tell the news of his resurrection. She witnesses the empty tomb and has a commissioning directly from Jesus himself in the other gospels. She is the first one there. She is apostolic. In John's gospel, we only have Mary Magdalene who has a personal encounter with Jesus - she is tell the other apostles. She is given increasing prominence as the gospels are formulated over time.
After the end of John's gospel she disappears, she is not in Acts. Paul does not mention her either. Feminist scholars wonder if her role has been suppressed. Her story continues to capture people's imaginations into the second century.
Mary Magdalene is depicted as the first apostle in the canonical gospels.
5pm tomorrow (18th Sept) go to Duke Uni website to talk to Mark directly over the net.