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19 May 2006
  Luther, Jesus, and Mary Magdalene, a Preface
A Brief Heads-Up for a Coming Post

It's nigh on to feeding time in the Aardvark burrow but I've just discovered CNN quoting the Da Vinci Code review from Entertainment Weekly and spreading the lie that Martin Luther believed that the Christ was "intimate" with Mary Magdalene (see the last paragraph of the linked review).

It appears that Pastor Snyder of Ask the Pastor already left a brief comment on the EW site. I shall endeavor a more complete response later this evening, here at the Alley.

NB: The response is complete.
 
Comments:
"Christ was an adulterer for the first time with the woman at the well, for it was said, 'Nobody knows what he's doing with her'. Again, with Magdalene, and still again with the adulterous woman in John 8 [:2-11], whom he let off so easily. So the good Christ had to become an adulterer before he died." (Between April 7 and May 1, 1532, No. 1472, Luther's Works, American Edition, Volume 54, 1967, p. 154)

The editor's footnote on the same page reads:

"What Luther meant might have been made clearer if John Schlaginhaufen had indicated the context of the Reformer's remarks. The probable context is suggested in a sermon of 1536, . . . in which Luther asserted that Christ was reproached by the world as a glutton, a winebibber, and even an adulterer."

For more information, see:
http://www.wels.net/cgi-bin/site.pl?1518&cuTopic_topicID=22&cuItem_itemID=6882
http://www.wels.net/sab/qa/luther-07.html
http://ic.net/~erasmus/RAZ29.HTM
 
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