Text by Victor Hoagland, C.P.
"Mary, called Magdalene"
often describe the women who accompanied Jesus in terms of their husbands
or children: "Johanna, the wife of Herod's steward Chuza",
"Mary, the mother of James". A woman depended entirely in
those days on her father or her husband for almost everything. She
was a supporting player in a man's world. Her principal role was to
bear and rear children and care for the home. Mary Magdalene is described
by the town where she lived, Magdala. It was the largest town along
the Lake of Galilee next to Tiberias, where King Herod had his summer
palace. Magdala was a thriving fishing port, selling its famous salted
fish throughout Palestine and the Greek cities beyond. Five miles north
was Capernaum where much of Jesus' ministry took place.
At left: old map of towns around the Sea of Galilee; Magdala is at red dot; Caphernaum is at yellow dot.