Why was Mary Magdalene, Jesus’ closest companion, symbolically crucified? In one dramatic act of condemnation Mary was severed from the axis of Christianity. Mary, the proclaimed Apostle of the Apostle was now branded as not only undesirable, but dangerous. At the crucifixion of Christ, while all the disciples scattered in fear, Mary stayed by his side. Thrust into center stage as the driving spirit she encouraged the followers to return and rebuild the movement. Mary Magdalene saved Christianity from becoming just another marginal sect. Why was she “crucified”? As is often the case, the issue is the bending of truth.
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