In Our Time - Mary Magdalene

Press/Media: Research


I discuss Mary Magdalene with fellow specialists on this popular BBCR4 series, presented by Melvyn Bragg. 

Period25 Feb 2016

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleIn Our Time
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletBBC Radio 4
    Media typeRadio
    Duration/Length/Size45 mins
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionMary Magdalene is one of the best-known figures in the Bible and has been a frequent inspiration to artists and writers over the last 2000 years. According to the New Testament, she was at the foot of the cross when Jesus was crucified and was one of the first people to see Jesus after the resurrection. However, her identity has provoked a large amount of debate and in the Western Church she soon became conflated with two other figures mentioned in the Bible, a repentant sinner and Mary of Bethany. Texts discovered in the mid-20th century provoked controversy and raised further questions about the nature of her relations with Jesus.


    Joanne Anderson
    Lecturer in Art History at the Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London

    Eamon Duffy
    Emeritus Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Magdalene College

    Joan Taylor
    Professor of Christian Origins and Second Temple Judaism at King's College London
    Producer/AuthorMelvyn Bragg - produced by Victoria Brignall
    PersonsJoanne Anderson