Seeking the Hidden Magdalene and the Beloved Disciple

When hard facts of history become personal symbols of initiation: My hunch is that the figure of Mary Magdalene and her life story plays a much bigger part in the gospel according to ‘John’ than is immediately apparent, and the same applies to the author, the mysterious Beloved Disciple. If we can grasp the cohesive nature of their biographies retold in the gospel, then the allegorical or symbolic meaning of this initiatory document can be disclosed as a map of our own inner journey. Symbolism is born out of factual happenings and to discover these facts we need to go to contemporary sources. But are there any? The four canonical gospels are commonly used as a source of information. Each was

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