The Aramaic name for Mary Magdalene was Mariamne (Mari/am/nay). Her fishing village was Migdal Nuniya, which means tower of fish in Aramaic. Scholars commonly refer to her now as Jesus' first apostle. I consider her to also be the first Christian.
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READER REVIEW As the author stated from the onset, this story is a creative and imaginative tale of Mariamne, or Mary Magdalene as most know her. I also share the opinion that she has been historically maligned and "demonized" to some degree by various denominations, which was the main attraction for choosing to read the book. The tale is told in first person which, while not my personal preference, didn't provide enough distraction for me to put the story down. One must realize that liberties are taken with what scripture has taught over the ages and the reader needs to remember that this is a work of historical fiction. There is no doubt that some will find it almost heretical with Mariamne being portrayed as a modern woman with intelligence, desires, perseverance and skills not typically found or even permitted in ancient times. The story was told well enough to make her a believable character. Dr. Messmore has provided a glossary to help keep up with the various Aramaic names used in the book to which I wish I had paid more attention. For instance, Peter the Apostle, was known by several different names to Jesus or Yeshua. I also regret not having the opportunity to read it over a shorter time span which would have helped me keep up with the characters. While I sometimes find historical accounts somewhat difficult to read, Mariamne: Reimagining the First Christian was enjoyable as well as informative regarding the areas where Jesus once walked.