The same passage also states that seven demons had been driven out of her, a statement which is repeated in the longer ending of Mark.
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and the fact that Mary Magdalene always appears first, whenever she is listed in the Synoptic Gospels as a member of a group of women, indicates that she was seen as the most important out of all of them.
According to Ehrman, this idea would have probably been particularly appealing and empowering to women of the time, such as Mary Magdalene, who may have felt oppressed by traditional attitudes to gender roles.
The majority of the defendants are members of various white supremacist prison gangs, including the Aryan Circle, the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT), and the Soldiers of Aryan Culture, according to the indictment.
A few are members of Tango Blast, a predominately Hispanic prison gang, spurring Ms Nealy Cox to note that the defendants’ "criminal ends overcome their racist views when the need arises”.
"It is clear that these hate-fuelled gangs will do whatever they must do in order to carry on their drug trafficking business," US Attorney Erin Nealy Cox said at a press conference.