Summary: Part 2 of Cracking the Da Vinci Code looks at who Mary Magdalene was and who she wasn’t.
There’s Something About Mary
She has been vilified and deified. Her name is Mary Magdalene and through the years she has been surrounded with myth and legend. With the exception of Mary the mother of Jesus there is no other woman from the bible who has been the subject of so much discussion and speculation as has Mary.
The Mary Of Da Vinci
The most recent discussions have been sparked by the book and movie The Da Vinci Code and in the Da Vinci Code Mary has been lifted to a new level for Millions of readers and movie goers. If you haven’t read the book or seen the movie the hypostasis is that Mary Magdalene and not Peter was the head apostle, that it was Mary whom Christ had entrusted his church with and Mary who was supposed to lead it. That she was removed from her position by Peter and the other apostles because they resented her leadership and that she had to flee to France in order to save her life. And it is in France that he descendents still live.
The book and movie also tell us that not only was Mary an important disciple of Christ’s but that she was also his wife and was pregnant with his child, a daughter named Sarah when he was crucified. And that is the secret that is hid in the paintings of Leonardo Da Vinci that have been hidden from us until Robert Langdon the noted symbologist from Harvard was able to decipher the clues with the help of the beautiful police cryptographer Sophie Neveu and Leigh Teabing, a former British Royal Historian.
According to the book this is a secret that the Catholic Church, though the villainous Opus Dei, is willing to kill to keep covered up. So what are the clues? Well first of all we are told that The secret was first revealed when the Knights Templar discovered trunks full of documents buried beneath Solomon’s Temple which not only revealed the location of the Holy Grail but contained evidence that would totally discredit Christianity. It was from this incredible find that the Priory of Sion was established, in 1099, to protect the secret. The secret? That the Holy Grail was not a “Thing” but was a “Person”, Mary Magdalene, or at least her remains. Because if her remains could be identified then by DNA testing it could be established that the blood line of her and Christ were still around today. Hate to ruin a good story, but. Unless the body was carrying photo ID it might be a little difficult to prove it was indeed Mary Magdalene. If you could prove it you’d have her DNA but not Jesus’, unless there is another secret they’re not telling us about. So all you could prove is that her descendants were still around today, and that wouldn’t be all that shocking.
So how did they figure out the secret, well first of all they realized that Holy Grail in French is San Greal but in reality it was a spelling mistake because if you shift the letters you get Sang Real which is Royal Blood.
But wait there is more. The major clue in Da Vinci’s secret is of course hidden in Leonardo’s painting the last supper. Now the Bible tells us that the Last Supper was attended by Jesus and his 12 apostles, and they are named in Matthew 10:2-4 Here are the names of the twelve apostles: first Simon (also called Peter), then Andrew (Peter’s brother), James (son of Zebedee), John (James’s brother), Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew (the tax collector), James (son of Alphaeus), Thaddaeus, Simon (the Zealot), Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).
But in the Da Vinci Code we are told that this person here is not actually John but instead is Mary Magdalene. What do they base that on? First of all it’s based on how girly John looks, but really what does that tell us, look at Phillip, he’s not as pretty but he could be a handsome woman. Artists of that era and Leonardo in particular tended to paint young men in a feminine manner as we showed last week with Da Vinci’s painting of John the Baptist. Then the book tells us that everyone knows the V is the feminine sign, I didn’t but presumably everyone else does. And here we see the V.
Here is a secret they don’t tell you in the Da Vinci Code, Leonardo Da Vinci painted the last supper 1000 400 years after Christ and his Apostles celebrated the Last Supper, and he wasn’t working from a photo. Here’s a painting of the last supper where all the Apostles are black, and here is one with all the Characters from Star Wars, Da Vinci could them all Smurfs and wouldn’t doesn’t mean anything.