The Bible and Beyond Podcast Episode
Why Elizabeth Schrader doubts Mary and Lazarus had a sister
An Interview with Elizabeth Schrader
photo by Chad Rancourt
Elizabeth Schrader describes her discovery of the addition of Martha in the Gospel of John. Did she find enough evidence to lead to her conclusion that Mary and Lazarus had no sister named Martha? Or that Lazarus’ sister Mary might actually have been Mary Magdalene? Elizabeth speculates about all this, but she has found motives and other evidence that lend strong support for her theories.
A CORRECTION: At 13:17 in the podcast, Elizabeth meant to say ‘Boanerges,’ rather than ‘Bartimaeus.’
Elizabeth Schrader is involved in some intriguing PhD research in the Religion Department at Duke University, where she is studying Early Christianity. She is especially interested in the new Testament Gospels, the Nag Hammadi corpus, Mary Magdalene, textual criticism, and feminist theory. She welcomes email conversation about her work, which is posted here.