This name derives from the Ancient Greek magdālā́ (μαγδᾱλᾱ́) Magdalēnḗ (Μαγδαληνή), which in turn from the Hebrew “migdál / migdaláh”, meaning “elegant, great, or tower”. Migdal is the name of at least two places in ancient Israel mentioned in the Jewish Talmud and one place that may be mentioned in the Christian New Testament. Mary of Magdala and sometimes the Magdalene is a religious figure in Christianity. She has been called the second-most important woman in the New Testament after Mary the mother of Jesus. Mary Magdalene traveled with Jesus as one of his followers.
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