Early Textual Changes to the Gospel of John: Suppressions of Mary Magdalene's Authority?
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Elizabeth Schrader (MA ‘15, STM ‘16), a current Ph.D candidate in Early Christianity at Duke University, presents new research on variations in Gospel manuscripts that could reflect deliberate suppressions of Mary Magdalene's authority. Schrader's M.A. thesis at GTS, which was published in the 2017 issue of the Harvard Theological Review, was a text-critical study of over a hundred manuscripts of the Gospel of John. Schrader argued that in the second century, the Lukan character Martha may have been editorially added to the story of Lazarus (John 11-12) for the purpose of diminishing Mary Magdalene's authority in the Fourth Gospel. Schrader now has two new peer-reviewed articles coming out about Mary Magdalene, and on October 1st she will be discussing striking textual variations in the manuscripts of John 20, the encounter between Jesus and Mary Magdalene in the garden. Join us to see images of the world's oldest manuscripts of John 11 and John 20, and get a sneak peek of cutting-edge Mary Magdalene scholarship.