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Mary Magdalene topic for UNI lecture Tuesday, Dec. 3<br>

November 26, 2002

Martha Reineke, UNI professor of religion and lecture coordinator, (319) 273-6233
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Cutting edge scholarship on Mary Magdalene is the impetus behind a University of Northern Iowa lecture to take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Seerley Hall, Room 115.

'Mary Magdalene: Apostle to the Apostles or Penitent Prostitute?' will be delivered by Susan Hill, UNI associate professor of religion, and director of the undergraduate program in women's studies. Her address is free and open to the public.

'Mary Magdalene is perhaps best known in modern Christianity as the prostitute who is forgiven by Jesus,' according to Hill. But recent scholarship focuses on Mary as an influential figure, a prominent disciple and a leader of one wing of the early Christian movement that promoted women's leadership.

Focusing on biblical and other texts of early Christianity, as well as artistic interpretations of Mary, Hill's lecture will discuss what we know about Mary and how the images of Mary as 'Apostle to the Apostles' and 'Penitent Prostitute' have shaped Christian ideas of women, preaching and penitence.

Hill also teaches a course on 'Women and Christianity.'