Did Jesus ever had sex with Mary Magdalene ?

Hello Micheline,

You ask the question: “How to know if Jesus the man ever had sex with Mary Magdalene. Did he or did he not? “


A)  This question arose mostly from Dan Brown’s polemic novel, The Da Vinci Code.

In his novel, he attempts to convince his readers that Jesus was actually married to Mary Magdalene. In fact, Brown even goes as far as declaring that Jesus and Mary M. had a child together. Well, I will presume that there are many ways to make money and being fake  is his financial interest theory. A topic that will bring people to acquire his book at an over rated price… but then, Brown laughs all the way to the Bank.

The problem with writers with fake stories is that they present their fictions as being the “truth”. An apparent “truth” that was covered by the church for reasons of interest, apparently!

Many readers of the Da Vinci Code, believing in this fictional story in the novel, take the author’s words to be true. They are not.

The real truth is that the readers of this book, naively influenced about the possibility that Jesus was once married, were simply duped. It is of interest that in a recent survey conducted by the online Christian Belief.net site, almost one fifth (20%) of those surveyed said that Mary Magdalene was actually the legal wife of Jesus of Nazareth. Bullshnoodles to that fifth!!!

But reality tells us that Jesus never married and here is why.

It is true that the New Testament is silent on this subject as well as the apocryphal writings and the archaeological documents recognized as established scientific discoveries during the first centuries after the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. This issue is not mentioned. Yet, such silence does not make any other theories true.

So, if there had been such a marriage, we would find references to it in several places. After all, this topic is of great importance.

On the other hand, what is written about the family of Jesus is clearly explained. The Scriptures names his mother, his (adopted) earthly father, his half-brothers, his half-sisters (not by name but by logical utterances), his aunts and his uncles. Not all, but some of them. These are mentioned clearly… but “a” wife… never mentioned.  That should make us pause, intellectually. The absence of such an important person demonstrates that Jesus remained unmarried all his life.

Another author, William E. Phipps, claims that Jesus “had” to be married since at that time, a Jewish man of the age of Jesus and especially a Rabbi (teacher – what Jesus was), must be married –  according to the Hebrew custom of the time.

This thesis does not hold!

By the time Jesus lived, there was, in Israel, a group of Jewish religious males named the “Essenes” who were all celibate. Yet they too, were, in their own group, Rabbis. Some even suggest that John the Baptist had close ties to the Essenes by his way of dressing and according to his diet. And according to scientific archaeologists, there would have been about 4,000 Essenes in the time of Jesus. Thus, adult men and Rabbis who chose celibacy.

Therefore, so much with Phipps. It’s “BS” (excuse my French).

On top of that, the character of Jesus of Nazareth demonstrates that he was far from being a traditionalist. He was rather a revolutionary. Therefore, for Christ, not to follow the tradition of his time is clearly demonstrated numerous times in the gospels.

In addition, there are two other sources of importance to consider.

At the time of Jesus, there were historians. Two of whom remain illustrious and we will quote these only two. Philo and Josephus. These two historians maintained the celibacy of Jesus.

i) Philo, Hypothetica 11.14-17 and
ii) Josephus, (a) Jewish War, 2.8.2 and (b) Antiquities 18.1.5.

So Dan Brown and William E. Phipps suggest that Jesus had sexual relations with Mary Magdalene, they promote the baseless idea of the social decorum of the time that forcibly forbids that a Jewish man “must” marry. According to Jewish customs, celibacy was condemned… but this comes from allegedly “false writers” rich in their fiction with a rich bank accounts but poor in biblical knowledge and integrity as human beings.

In essence, these writers (including the movie with Tom Hanks having poor judgment in his acceptance of shitty scripts) are all false and morally lack genuine teachings. Period.

Bad writers, an actor accepting bad sories, but all nicely loaded and flush with money while falsifying the Holy Scriptures.

“So please, would the real Mary Magdalene stand up!”

Luke 8: 1-3
“Then Jesus went from town to town and from village to village, preaching the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, with some women who had been cured of evil spirits and sicknesses: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom came seven demons, Jeanne, wife of Chuza, intendant of Herod, Susanne, and many others, who assisted him with their richness.” (Paraphrased)

Mary of Magdala

Mary of Magdala was a business women at the Port of the naval City of Magdala. She was successful, rich and a disciple of Christ.

Mary Magdalene was one of the women who financially supported the Lord in his ministry. A rich woman, undoubtedly, by her trade at the great port of the city of Magdalen. It is also possible that Mary was a woman of a certain age. Much older than Jesus according to some early church writers. So think of her as a business woman, with her employees working at the port of the city of Mandala, making tons of money and supporting Christ in his work.

If Jesus and Mary M. had been married, we should expect Him to have entrusted her to the care of by “the beloved disciple” while Jesus was on the cross, just as He did with His mother (19:27). The absence of this mention strongly suggests that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were never married.

What is exceptional about this Mary M., (there are 6 Myriams (Mary) in the New Testament). When understood within the biblical and cultural context. Mary M. was one of the closest followers of Jesus. Moreover, she was the first witness to see the risen Christ, a roll of honor of exceptional privilege. Surely, Jesus held Mary in the highest regard… but not as his wife.

Ironically, efforts to make Mary, a disciple of Jesus, the wife of Jesus, in fact minimizes the truly extraordinary real position or place she had as a central disciple, a partisan and a special witness to Jesus.

G+ FRIENDS: And let us establish once and for all, especially to my dear readers of G+ Christian Communities, the following. MARY M. WAS NEVER SPOKEN OF AS A PROSTITUTE IN THE BIBLE. EVER. She was not the one that ointed the Lord’s feet with an ointment worth (in today’s money) more than $70,000, she was never seen as a prostitute and she was not the Myriam that was caught in adultery.

She did have 7 evil spirits but those would have been related to her health. Mary M. was a rich woman, probably the age of Jesus’ mother (the understanding of some scholars and mine) and was one of Christ most devoted Disciple. In fact, she was probably an Apostle.

So, absolutely nothing in the New Testament suggests that Jesus and Mary M. were ever married. Those who advocate this position claim to rely on evidence of non-canonical and dubious sources.

Again, if Mary Magdalene was his wife, Jesus would have taken special care of her in his last words on the cross. We previously quoted Luke. Now let us look at John.

John 19: 25-30
“Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary, wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. Jesus, seeing his mother, and with her the disciple whom he loved (John) said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold thy mother.” And from that moment the disciple took her home. After this, Jesus, who knew that everything was already completed, said, (in order that the Scripture may be fulfilled): I am thirsty. There was a vase full of vinegar there. The soldiers filled a sponge, and, having fixed it on a branch of hyssop, they approached it from his mouth. When Jesus took vinegar, he said, “All things are fulfilled.” And, bowing his head, he returned the spirit. “

Again no mention of any wife.

And it is of great importance that Jesus of Nazareth didn’t simply die out of torture or weakness. He remained in control for all his life. He decided when to “return the spirit” (or die) and he actually decided when to resurrect (just as the Father and the Spirit did – Google it).

“No one takes {my life} from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”

B) But your question, dear Micheline, was not related to the marriage of Jesus but whether he had sexual relations with Mary Magdalene.

Here is the more direct response:

1) According to the Bible, having sex before marriage is considered “Fornication“.

2) According to the Bible, fornication is a sin before God.

I know that our culture rejects this notion but no culture annuls nor contradicts the Divine edicts. It still remains a divine and a biblical truth.

Above all, in practice, during the time when Jesus was on earth, fornication was perceived as a serious offence against the God of Israel. You must therefore understand the context of the time of Jesus.

Now, read this:

John chapter 1: 1 – 14
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word was in the beginning with God. All things were made by the Word, and nothing that was done was done without it. In the Word is life, and life is the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not received it. There was a man sent from God: his name was John (Baptist). He came to serve as a witness, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe by him. He was not the light, but it appeared to bear witness to the light. This light was the true light, which, by coming into the world, enlightens every man. The Word was in the world, and the world was made by it, and the world did not know it. The Word came to her own {Israel}, and they did not receive it. But to all who have received it, to those who believe in its name, it has given the power to become children of God, who are born not of the blood, of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of Man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and it dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; and we have beheld his glory, a glory as the glory of the only begotten of the Father.”

It is very clear that “the Word” is Jesus of Nazareth. He was God and never ceased to be God even though he was a man, a true man.

It is impossible for God to sin.

If the Son of God had a child, what kind of race would it have produced?

So, no, Jesus never had sex with a woman.

This should be evident now.

I hope that answers your question.

I love you.


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