One of Christianity’s biggest misconceptions was that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute. Even today, there are people who still believe this story. But have you ever wondered, how did this myth begin?
Well, it was just a mistake.
During the 6th Century, Pope Gregory the Great, confused Mary Magdalene with two other women from the Bible: Mary, the sister of Martha and the unnamed sinner from Luke’s gospel, both of whom washed Jesus’ feet with their hair. Because the latter one was a prostitute, Mary Magdalene was mistakenly thought to be a prostitute. (the article continues after the ad)
The Catholic Church understood their mistake later on and declared that Mary Magdalene was not the penitent sinner, but this was not until 1969.