Redeeming Mary, Redeeming Jesus

Mary Magdalene in The Last Temptation of Christ

In: Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus
Matthew S. RindgeProfessor of Religious Studies, Gonzaga University, Washington, USA

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This article argues that Martin Scorsese’s Mary Magdalene is as unique as Scorsese’s Jesus; she plays an integral role in the film, both in her own journey, and as a central catalyst in Jesus’ transformation. In these and other ways, The Last Temptation of Christ both redeems Mary Magdalene and portrays her as a redeemer of Jesus.

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