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Bible Meaning:
"The tower" (Strong's #G3093)
A female inhabitant of Magdala (Strong's #G3094)

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, simply means a female inhabitant of the city.

Magdala is only directly referenced once in the King James Bible. Jesus crossed the Sea of Galilee and landed at the city after miraculously feeding 4,000 people (Matthew 15:32 - 39).

Mary from the City

Mary Magdalene (Mary of Magdala) has this full reference to her 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 15:34 - 36, 38 - 39
And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.

Location of Magdala in Ancient Israel Map
Location of Magdala

And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude . . . 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.


Matthew 28:1 - 2
In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene (Mary of Magdala) and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

Mark 16:5 - 6, 9
And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted. And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen . . .

Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene (Mary of Magdala), out of whom he had cast seven devils.

Luke 8:1 - 3
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, and Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.

Luke 24:10 - 12
Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre . . .

It was Mary Magdalene (Mary of Magdala), and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.

And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not. Then arose Peter, and ran unto the sepulchre . . .

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 (Mary of Magdala).

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

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