Whether in political party dogma or institutional religion, or any aspect of culture, the concept of challenging the master story recurs. Gospel of Grover Norquist, Gospel of Whatever. The meaning of loss of an election must be this or that, and impose it ruthlessly to retain power.
There comes a time, however, say many believers or voters, to check out the received wisdom against its own sources, and agendas. In simple terms, vetting roots of beliefs is part of our daily life now. And newly approved. Religious dogma: Most recently, see the furor over the possibility of a discovered fragment of religious or other text suggesting that Jesus was married. See The Gospel According to King at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/Update-The-Reaction-to-Karen-Kings-Gospel-Discovery-174981701.html
Dwell with her. Did it require "marriage" and if so, what was said. Why not acknowledge that people then, as now, may well have sub rosa, sub gosspia, dwelled together. Wife, concept, not institution. Think. There was no marriage in Genesis, as we know it, see http://kngdv.blogspot.com/2012/09/no-genesis-marriage-jerome-added-wife.html. Why must western and other cultures make so much of who controls whom through "marriage." Patriarchy, stupid. Is that it? Culturally, of course. No deity ordained.
Finding concept treasures.
For those of us who enjoy unscripted travel, there are indeed elements in art that suggest differing interpretations of her role, Mary Magdalene. Our photos are blurry out of amateur snafus, but the characters are there:
Look closely at this photo of the woman at the last supper, with a headdress suggesting marriage status, from the Rundkirke tryptych at Bjernede, Denmark, here detailed. See full post at http://denmarkroadways.blogspot.com/2011/07/bjernede-inside-round-church-rundkirke.html