Date of Project


Document Type

Honors Thesis

School Name

College of Arts and Sciences



Major Advisor

Fr. John Pozhathuparambil

Second Advisor

Dr. Gregory Hillis

Third Advisor

Dr. Hoon Choi


Women named “Mary” commonly appear in the Gospel accounts, and these stories of the “Marys,” namely the anointing Mary, Mary the sister of Martha, and Mary Magdalene, have been commonly associated with one another throughout Christian history. In researching the commentaries and interpretations produced within the patristic and medieval centuries (2nd-13th century), in conjunction with the biblical passages in which she appears, we can begin to understand how tradition has characterized the identity of “Mary.” This research explores the tradition surrounding this woman, particularly her key characteristics stemming from her posture as the “Woman at Jesus’ feet” and Jesus’ unique response to her, casting light on her importance and offering an analysis of her characterization using traditional Catholic sources.