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Heidi Olson Campbell: “Noli Me Tangere: The Shifting Representation of Mary Magdalene in the Reformation” at CZSS

(9:30 a.m. Pacific / 11:30 a.m. central / 12:30 p.m. eastern)

Heidi Olson Campbell will present "Noli Me Tangere: The Shifting Representation of Mary Magdalene in the Reformation" for the Choir Zoom Sabbath School at Pacific Union College on Saturday, August 5.

Mary Magdalene has been one of the most debated biblical characters in the approximately 2,000 years since her death. Who was she? Devoted disciple? Penitent prostitute? Mary Magdalene’s story has been reshaped many times over the years to fit changing needs. Mary Magdalene was the second most popular female saint in the medieval European church. During the sixteenth century, Mary Magdalene’s story was the object of attack, debate, and attempts at re-shaping along with Christians’ piety. Campbell will discuss attempts to deconstruct the medieval Mary Magdalene, what that meant for remembering the Magdalene, and resilience of her pre-Reformation image. The presentation tackles questions of how we remember and tell biblical stories and why.

Heidi Campbell is a Ph.D. candidate in history at Baylor University. Her dissertation, titled “Women at the Cross,” will focus on the impact of politics and environmental change on the representation of women in Paul’s Cross sermons in early modern England. She received the 2023 Nelson R. Burr Prize for her article titled “Of Blessed Memory” in Anglican and Episcopal History. She previously served as the English Center Director at the Adventist International Institute for Advanced Studies (AIIAS) in the Philippines. She has a Master’s in English from Andrews University and has published a variety of articles in popular and scholarly publications, including a chapter on the role of women for the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Seventh-day Adventism.

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