The Jesus Gospel
Did Mary Magdalene Turn Around Twice?
This book brings up and resolves many issues that were uncovered when placing the records in chronological order.
Let’s take a close look at the positioning of why it appears Mary Magdalene turned around two (2) times. By looking at this record, we can see:
Jesus & Mary Magdalene at the Tomb
- Mary Magdalene arrives at the sepulcher weeping (eyes wet and not clear).
- She stoops down (Could mean she bent-over or even bent her knees in almost a kneeling position). She may not have had any knee touching the ground.
- After she stoops down, she sees two angels and they speak to her, “Woman, why weepest thou?”
- Mary responds, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.”
- Mary then she “turns herself.” Why would someone turn around when they are facing two angels? The KJV then says, “She turned herself back.” It is possible Mary heard something behind her, remember, she is stooping down here. The NIV says, “She turned around”. If you were stooping down, speaking to Angels, and then heard something behind you, most likely you would simple turn your head around to see what the noise was. It may have startled her. It may not make sense at this point to turn completely around and turn your back to two Angels (Remember, this is the first and only time Mary Magdalene sees an Angel). She may have simply looked over her shoulder.
- Mary sees Jesus, but she did not know it was him.
- Mary thinks Jesus is the gardener, and asks, “Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.”
- Jesus then repeats some of same words the Angels said to Mary “Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou?”
- Mary then asks, “Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.”
- Jesus calls her name, “Mary.”
- The KJV says, “She turned herself” while the NIV, says “She turned toward him.” Now it is clear someone more important than Angels is before Mary and it would make sense at this point for her to turn herself completely around and face Jesus.
- It appears that Mary did, indeed, turn herself around partially first from a stooping position, them completely around to a standing position. It is clear she was standing since Jesus asks her not to touch Him.
Stooping at the Tomb
When Peter ran and arrived at the sepulchre, that he also “Stooped Down” in Luke 24:9. An indication the entrance to Jesus’ tomb was higher than what the inside, or that the entrance was too small to walk into.
This is the third time it is noted someone stooped down at the tomb. The first was the Disciple Jesus Loved (See JGV, Appendix 6, The Disciple Jesus Loved) in John 20:5; the Second was Mary Magdalene in John 20:11; and Peter in Luke 24:11.
Did Mary Magdalene Turn Around TWICE?
Excerpt from The Jesus Gospel Book
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
|But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, 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.|
Jn 20:13-14 .Mk 16:9
|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.”And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. And [she] knew not that it was Jesus.|
|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.” Jesus saith unto her, “Mary.” She turned herself, and saith unto him, “Rabboni;” Which is to say, Master.|
After telling Peter, Mary Magdalene went back to the tomb following him and the other disciple as they ran. It clearly says here that “they”, meaning the Angels spoke to Mary Magdalene
Jesus selects an “unimportant” person, Mary Magdalene, from that culture to be the first to see Him resurrected. It was not a male, not a religious leader, not business or political leader, but a woman who was healed of evil spirits and infirmities and out of her was cast seven devils. This is God’s way of saying Jesus Christ came for all people, not just the men, not just the “important” people, not for the rich, but for all.
 Here Mary turns completely around and recognizes Jesus.