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Bible Meaning:
Female inhabitant of Magdala (Magdalene)
The tower (Magdala)
Strong's Concordance #G3094, #G3093

The city of Magdala is located on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee just north of Tiberias. The word Magdalene, used in the New Testament in relation to a woman named Mary, simply means a female inhabitant of the city of Magdala.

Location of Magdala in Ancient Israel Map

In Magdala's only Biblical use, after Jesus miraculously fed 4,000 people near the Sea of Galilee, he crossed the lake and landed at the city (Matthew 15:32 - 39).

Mary from the city

Mary Magdalene, in the Greek, means Mary of Magdala. The full name "Mary Magdalene" is recorded eleven times in the New Testament (Matthew 27:56, 61, 28:1, Mark 15:40, 47, 16:1, 9, 24:10, John 19:25, 20:1, 18). A twelfth reference that is close to this designation is located in Luke 8:2 where she is referred to as "Mary called Magdalene."

Important verses


Matthew 28:1
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.

Mark 15:47
And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he (Jesus) was laid.

Mark 16:9
Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.

Luke 8:1 - 2
And it came to pass afterward, that he (Jesus) went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,

And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils . . .

Luke 24:10
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.

John 19:25
Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.

John 20:18
Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.


Matthew 15:34, 38 - 39
And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes . . . And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children.

And he (Jesus) sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala.

Further Bible study:

Meaning of Biblical Names
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