Let me state first and foremost that this is not going to line up with fundamental Christian theology, it is a Spiritual issue more than anything.
Few things quick:
John was an Apostle and not a disciple. He may qualify under the definition of disciple but he was an Apostle and I am making note of that.
The Word, or Logos, is first introduced here. Hate it or love it but Philo Judaeus is the first to apply the Logos concept to the Hebrew God and his
philosophy is why the book of John, the last of the Gospels to be written, starts of with a bang.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
Word is Logos, a Jewish philosophers idea. Logos also means Reason. I don't mind that Christianity borrowed it. I am a fan of it.
Philo was a great philosopher and pioneer in the philosophical and allegorical interpretation of the Holy Scripture. So I am going to just apply a
method or two of his and tell you who I think the beloved disciple is.
Back to John. Every other Gospel agrees no Apostles were present at the crucifixion. Only John has "the beloved disciple" who is called a male.
Also the beloved disciple is told to go with Jesus mother Mary and be her "son." Basically take care of her.
But John was the Evangelist, so how could he watch Jesus mother? And if that was even a different John it is not believable that only one Gospel,
John's own Gospel purportedly, is the only Gospel to tell of him being there. 3 vs 1. Or that a man would assume responsibility for an older woman.
Not if he had spiritual duties.
So I am going to assume that Mary Magdalene and the beloved disciple are one and the same. And that it is written so it is not obvious on purpose
because of necessity. And it wasn't as uncommon as you might think to change a she to a he and quite frankly, use more complex methods than that in
writing to hide yet preserve otherwise lost knowledge.
And the same thing more or less is done at the empty tomb. That same unnamed mysterious disciple appears with Peter and the same disciple gets to the
tomb before Peter, as is stated in John 20:1-11. Essentially, Mary got their first and Peter second and alone and Mary is the beloved disciple.
I am definitely saying this is just a personal interpretation but not baseless one. As with religion it is always theoretical and spiritual and
supposed to make you think deep and comprehend the different ways of God's creation.
I don't see what reason Jesus has to have a special love, more than anyone in the Bible, for a man. Inappropriate .
Meanwhile, I am happy Jesus had a female companion to comfort him and make him the more Wise. I see Mary Magdalene as a High Priestess. Her town,
Migdala or Magdala means tower and Miriam or Mary is an honorific name in Hebrew for a woman. I know Miriam was a prophetess in the Torah. It is not
a stretch to think that Magdala meaning tower is also honorific.
But I digress, I am happy with my interpretation and you are welcome to share your's . Especially if you have your own idea on who the beloved
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