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I believe there are several New Testament women that often become conflated, erroneously or correctly.
Who are the women?
]Mary Magdalene (MM)
*]Mary the sister of Lazarus and Martha. (ML)
*]The woman caught in adultery (A?)
*]The woman with the alabaster jar of perfumed oil. (J?)
*]The woman who washed Christ's feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. (W?)[/LIST]There are also a number of other unidentified women in the Gospels. For all we know, Mary Magdalene and Mary the sister of Lazarus are different people and the later is the woman who had the issue of blood cured. (I am *not suggesting this so please do not flame me.)
Are any of these women that same person? Who knows. Mary Magdalene is identified only as someone whom Christ cast out 7 demons (Luke 8:2).
There has always been much speculation. I believe it was Pope Leo the Great who first connected Mary Magdalene with both the the woman caught in adultery and the woman who washed Jesus' feet with her tears.
I do not know that Sacred Tradition sheds any more light on this than the scriptures do.
Even if Mary Magdalene is the same woman as the other unidentified ones, it just goes to show (which was Pope Leo the Great's point) how the grace of God can change a person's life.
For me, it is not a terribly important point.