Mary Magdalene

Josephson

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Mary Magdalene
“…Now the third wall was all of it wonderful; yet was the tower Psephinus elevated above it at the north-west corner... and over against it was the tower Hippicus, and hard by two others were erected by king Herod, in the old wall... and dedicated these towers to the memory of those three persons who had been the dearest to him, and from whom he named them. They were his brother, his friend, and his wife. This wife he had slain, out of his love [and jealousy], as we have already related; the other two he lost in war, as they were courageously fighting. Hippicus, so named from his friend, was square... The second tower, which he named from his brother Phasaelus, had its breadth and its height equal... There was also built over that cloister another tower, parted into magnificent rooms, and a place for bathing; so that this tower wanted nothing that might make it appear to be a royal palace... This was now converted to a house, wherein Simon exercised his tyrannical authority. The third tower was Mariamne, for that was his queen's name... the king thought it most proper for him to adorn that which was denominated from his wife, better than those denominated from men, as those were built stronger than this that bore his wife's name....”
– Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Book V, 4:3​

“In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.”
– Matthew 28:1​

In Aramaic, "Magdala" means "tower" or "elevated, great, magnificent". The original Greek version calls Mary Magdalene “Μαριάμ” (Mariam). So Mariam Magdala is the tower named after Mariamne. Later, we will see that this is why Mariam Magdalene was the first to Jesus' grave when the temple of his body is destroyed and why there are also two angels dressed in white {marble;} at his head and feet saying, Where have they laid our Lord?

“… Jesus said to them, "... when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will enter [the kingdom]."”
– Thomas 1:22​


The Resurrection
“And now were the banks finished on the seventh day of the month Gorpieus, [Elul,] in eighteen days' time, when the Romans brought their machines against the wall. But for the seditious, some of them, as despairing of saving the city, retired from the wall to the citadel; others of them went down into the subterranean vaults, though still a great many of them defended themselves against those that brought the engines for the battery; yet did the Romans overcome them by their number and by their strength; and, what was the principal thing of all, by going cheerfully about their work, while the Jews were quite dejected, and become weak. Now as soon as a part of the wall was battered down, and certain of the towers yielded to the impression of the battering rams, those that opposed themselves fled away, and such a terror fell upon the tyrants, as was much greater than the occasion required; for before the enemy got over the breach they were quite stunned, and were immediately for flying away. And now one might see these men, who had hitherto been so insolent and arrogant in their wicked practices, to be cast down and to tremble, insomuch that it would pity one's heart to observe the change that was made in those vile persons. Accordingly, they ran with great violence upon the Roman wall that encompassed them, in order to force away those that guarded it, and to break through it, and get away. But when they saw that those who had formerly been faithful to them had gone away, (as indeed they were fled whithersoever the great distress they were in persuaded them to flee,) as also when those that came running before the rest told them that the western wall was entirely overthrown, while others said the Romans were gotten in, and others that they were near, and looking out for them, which were only the dictates of their fear, which imposed upon their sight, they fell upon their face, and greatly lamented their own mad conduct; and their nerves were so terribly loosed, that they could not flee away. And here one may chiefly reflect on the power of God exercised upon these wicked wretches, and on the good fortune of the Romans; for these tyrants did now wholly deprive themselves of the security they had in their own power, and came down from those very towers of their own accord, wherein they could have never been taken by force, nor indeed by any other way than by famine. And thus did the Romans, when they had taken such great pains about weaker walls, get by good fortune what they could never have gotten by their engines; for three of these towers were too strong for all mechanical engines whatsoever, concerning which we have treated above.”
– The Wars Of The Jews, Book VI 8:4​

“In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene {“Mariamne tower”;} and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women {weak people, who were taken by force;}, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus {Josephus/Titus so you can surrender if you are a Jew or the temple if you're a tower}, which was crucified {brutally mocked in this satire/temple besieged with four banks ;}.”
– Matthew 28:1-5​
 

Josephson

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Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
“Now as these towers were so very tall, they appeared much taller by the place on which they stood... they were of white marble, cut out of the rock……These were for largeness, beauty, and strength beyond all that were in the habitable earth {because they were angels, he, he;}… he built these… and dedicated these towers to the memory of those three persons… They were his brother, his friend, and his wifeHippicus, so named from his friend, was square… and it had no vacuity in it… The second tower, which he named from his brother Phasaelus… over which a cloister went round about… and it was covered from enemies by breast-works and bulwarks… this tower wanted nothing that might make it appear to be a royal palace. It was also adorned with battlements and turrets, more than was the foregoing… The third tower was Mariamne, for that was his queen's name…”
– Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Book V, 4:3​

“NOW as soon as the army had no more people to slay or to plunder, because there remained none to be the objects of their fury, (for they would not have spared any, had there remained any other work to be done,) Caesar gave orders that they should now demolish the entire city and temple, but should leave as many of the towers standing as were of the greatest eminency; that is, Phasaelus, and Hippicus, and Mariamne; and so much of the wall as enclosed the city on the west side. This wall was spared, in order to afford a camp for such as were to lie in garrison, as were the towers also spared, in order to demonstrate to posterity what kind of city it was, and how well fortified, which the Roman valor had subdued; but for all the rest of the wall, it was so thoroughly laid even with the ground by those that dug it up to the foundation, that there was left nothing to make those that came thither believe it had ever been inhabited. This was the end which Jerusalem came to by the madness of those that were for innovations; a city otherwise of great magnificence, and of mighty fame among all mankind.”
– Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Book VII, 1:1​

In Aramaic, "Magdala" means "tower" or "elevated, great, magnificent". The original Greek version calls Mary Magdalene “Μαριάμ” (Mariam). So Mariam Magdala is the tower named after Mariamne. No wonder she is the first to Jesus' tomb in morning and sees “two angels in white” at his head and feet, because there are also the other two towers made of marble left standing, Phasaelus and Hippicus, although the body of Jesus {temple;} was missing:

“Then the disciples went away again unto their own home. 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. 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, and 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. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.”
– John 20:10-18​

The names of the two angels at the head of feet of where Jesus laid are Phasaelus and Hippicus who are dressed in white marble.
 

Josephson

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The Sign of Jonas
“AND now the Romans searched for Josephus, both out of the hatred they bore him, and because their general was very desirous to have him taken; for he reckoned that if he were once taken, the greatest part of the war would be over. They then searched among the dead, and looked into the most concealed recesses of the city; but as the city was first taken, he was assisted by a certain supernatural providence; for he withdrew himself from the enemy when he was in the midst of them, and leaped into a certain deep pit, whereto there adjoined a large den at one side of it, which den could not be seen by those that were above ground; and there he met with forty persons of eminency that had concealed themselves, and with provisions enough to satisfy them for not a few days. So in the day time he hid himself from the enemy, who had seized upon all places, and in the night time he got up out of the den and looked about for some way of escaping, and took exact notice of the watch; but as all places were guarded every where on his account, that there was no way of getting off unseen, he went down again into the den. Thus he concealed himself two days;but on the third day, when they had taken a woman who had been with them, he was discovered. Whereupon Vespasian sent immediately and zealously two tribunes, Paulinus and Gallicanus, and ordered them to give Josephus their right hands as a security for his life, and to exhort him to come up.”
– Josephus, Wars of the Jews, Book III, 8:1​

“Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.”
– Matthew 12:38-41​

“And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words, And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles. And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not.”
– Luke 24:2-7​
 

Josephson

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This demonstrates that we can even explain the differences in the accounts between Matthew, Luke and John as different ways to satirize different passages in Josephus. And it fits perfectly in harmony with the other satirizations I showed about the temple being the body of Jesus.
 

Jerry Russell

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There's a lot going on in this post. Giles found a parallel to the empty sepulchre scene at JW VII, 389-406.

http://postflaviana.org/community/index.php?threads/the-flavian-signature-outside-of-jerusalem-seeking-the-living-one-at-masada.1476/

The parallel in JW III looks just as well supported, though it's out of sequential order. The parallel to the three towers seems weaker to me; obviously it would help if the names of the two angels were mentioned in the NT somehow, rather than just inferred.
 

Josephson

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Oh, that parallel from Giles in JW VII is, I think, close but not quite right. It is true there are quite a few matching words but the story doesn't match. Jesus was never at Masada and was not involved in any suicides, but Judas Isacriot {Sicariot;} who betrayed Jesus did commit suicide at "the field of blood" or "fell on a rock" just like the Sicarii at Masada at the very end of WotJ and the Gospels or the beginning of Acts.
 

Josephson

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Also, remember that Eleazar who was leading the Sicarii in that suicide at Masada was the grandson of Judas who started the rebelion against the Romans, that betrayer of Jesus ;}.
 
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